The end of the BC trip went well except for some pain in my right achilles. Not sure where this all came from. I hope that the last few days of rest will be enough.
After 24 hours of travelling, my bike, my luggage and myself are all in Dushanbe. After one day of recuperating I ate some local food and got sick. So sorry but no pictures from the city and I didn't really have time to learn much about life here. I'm happy to be in a Muslim country. I have only had the chance to travel to Kashmir, so my travel in a Muslim country is very limited.
My friend Sage rented an apartment in a non-touristy area of town. A bit of a "shithole" but the first evening we ended up spending with local women, eating and dancing in their living room, so it was great. Sage is fluent in Russian so she can get by with the Tajiks, thank God, because very little English is spoken here.
Today I spent the day doing errands, getting money, food, etc...Never a nice thing in a foreign city!!! I now can say Thank you (Rak Mat) in Tajik but that is about it. Hope I will learn more in the next few days.
There are 5 of us leaving town tomorrow for the Pamirs mountains. For the first week heat is going to be an issue so departure time is 5AM.
Not sure when I will get internet access next. Maybe in 10 days, but this is not positive at all.