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... geometric patterns.
We stopped frequently to take pictures of life in Afghanistan, seemingly only a stone’s throw away at times. On our side, we watched the young high school kids walk the dusty roads in their neat uniforms.
Often, I had to lean forward to see the entire heights of the sheer and raw mountains rising up in front of us.
After initial rough track, ...
... and I worked online for a few hours.
Today was an interesting day for very different reasons to the last few days. I stayed with Jean in a curious Soviet hotel room. These rooms are dilapidated. The furniture was all falling apart and nothing seemed to work properly. The showers appeared space age but the moment I got in mine, the shower head fell apart.
Merrily I went back to bed and I woke up at 2pm. I went to help Marianne and Jean find ...
... that I could sort of stand up in the seat if I put my back against the ceiling of the car. It looked absolutely idiotic, but at least I could get a little bit of blood back to my extremities.
For all its discomfort though, I’m extremely glad to have made the drive, since it was stunning. The road from Khorog along the border with Afghanistan is the most beautiful road I’ve ever seen, I’m quite sure of that. A roaring river framed by almost ...
... And the only thing that could obviously make it better was sitting next to a fat Tajik guy with Bryan Adams' "Everything I do, I do it for you" playing on the stereo. In Dushanbe, I went to get my Uzbek visa, and this also did not happen. As an American you don't need a Letter of Invitation. However, in typical Central Asian bureaucratic fashion, the Uzbek embassy would not process my visa without on, even after showing him the form, in Uzbek, from the Uzbek Ministry ...
... to walk back to have a more serious visit to all of them. If you are not into museums or in-door things, The whole visit could be 2-3h. There I met Hik, a local guy from Pamir who was very kind. We had a walk together when I was rechecking Somoni statue, fancy tea house etc. My favorite one was the blue mosque which is in the ...