Saturday, July 08, 2006

We made it to Tajikistan!! After Tashkent, we took the train to Bukhara where we stayed for two days (not just because it was a stunningly beautiful city, but also because Andy was rendered imobile by unfriendly bacteria in his stomach). Next we took a taxi to Samarkand. From there we crossed the border to Panjakent, Tajikistan where we strolled the main street and happened upon a music and dance concert!! It was a great mixture of traditional and contemporary: Lip-syncing and keyboards with beautiful singing and drumming. Dancers would periodically appear wearing costumes from different regions. The next day we hired a driver to take us over the pass to Dushanbe. We had no idea what we were in for!! The pass was at 3500 meters and the road was not paved. Amazing and hair-raising!! Upon our arrival in Dushanbe, we found there was no space in any of the inexpensive hotels and we had to fork over some precious cash for a "nice" hotel room. We were saved by our new friend, Munira, who is a key organizer for the project we are going to be working on. She is helping us work through the amazing amount of red tape and burocracy that is involved in staying in Tajikistan. We're now staying with the super sweet Sharafat, a local dance instructor, and her husband Habibollah (Sorry, I'm sure I spelled their names wrong). Again, there's so much more to tell, but we have precious little time. We will try to update soon.


Blogger Shelley said...

Eagerly awaiting more info. I know how it is though, so much in the moment there is no time to stop and write it down. Where would you begin? I LOVED the photos. Hope Andy is well again, and you as well. We all think about you all the time and breathlessly await your updates!

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