I was there with Daphne Koller, an Israeli-American professor at Stanford University and Michio Kaku, an American theoretical physicist, and a few more! I left my house in Pakistan on Sept. 17 and headed for Tashkent, Uzbekistan. We exchanged dollars for their currency and we became millionaires because $100 is 214,670 Uzbek soums!!!
Thus it was not fitting in my father’s wallet and it was tiresome to count. Even the shops had counting machines. One Coca-Cola is 4,000 soums. Why can’t they have giga-soum note? That would be awesome. I wonder why their currency is so devalued. The prices are still high, so it makes no difference. Instead of wallets they have briefcases. Strange and silly.
Finally we made it to Ukraine’s Simferopol. A van picked me and my family up and took us on the drive to Yalta. Yalta in three words: beautiful, amazing, breathtaking. Then we went to the welcome dinner. So the next day I was supposed to speak at the panel. I was very inspired by the views given by Koller and Kaku.