I’m writing this from Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, still very hot at 9:30pm as I write this.  We’ve spent the last few days slogging around the town in 40c+ heat doing the food shopping for 2 weeks in the Pamirs, and the nights sleeping in the open air without sleeping bags on the Tapchan outside our friends house.  Shopping has involved a number of visits to the bazaars for more basic food (boiled sweets, onions, rice, pasta…) and the supermarket for a few more specialised foods (e.g. salami).  The bazaars are quite a sight (pictured), fresh fruit and vegetables piled up high.  Certainly no shortage of watermelons in Tajikistan…

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We had planned to make the 18-hour drive to Khorog today (Weds 24th), but when our alarms went off at 5:30am Jonny was not feeling very well – nausea, headache and vomiting.  So instead of us making the arduous drive over the mountains to Khorog today Jonny spent most of the day in the position shown below – lying on the sofa surrounded by the first aid kit.

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It seems Jonny’s illness came from eating an excess of extremely good food in the cheaper cafes in Dushanbe (though it didn’t seem to do me any harm…).  In any case, Jonny now feels (reasonably) recovered and we are ready for attempt 2 at the 18-hour drive to Khorog at 5:30am tomorrow!

John

 

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