At first, the soft-spoken Uzbek people can seem a bit reserved, but then one breaks the ice by asking where you are from (most likely in Russian) and the others join in, eager to know whether you like Uzbekistan. They are always polite and easygoing, never in your face. Even the militsia (police) will leave you alone these days. Though a bit shy, a smile will be returned by a smile, often golden since gold-capped teeth are in fashion. As people of the Silk Road, the Uzbek are welcoming and friendly. It's very likely you'll be invited for tea, shots of vodka (they are also easygoing Muslims), or just some of the juicy seasonal fruit. There are of course a few entrepreneur taxi drivers and shop owners who think it's their duty to heavily overcharge foreigners. No matter whether you tell them that you know the right price or are walking off, they don't lower their price. Just give them a smile like an Uzbek... and then pick another taxi or shop.