Suspended in Dushanbe

The lovely opera house on Rudaki Avenue is near our apartment. Photo by David Sears

As we await to have our three month visas extended into six month visas so that we can move on to David’s post in Khujand, we explore Dushanbe, the Tajikistan capital. It is probably lovely in the spring, summer or autumn when the trees are in bloom. In winter, it still has a certain charm. The main drag, Rudaki Avenue is a boulevard lined by pastel and richly colored buildings and many trees and on Sunday it snowed and was quite pretty. The street is long, extending north and south. It is joined by Ismoili Somoni Street, which is the main road running east and west. Rudaki was a Persian poet from the Samanid dynasty (819-992 AD), which included Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, who also share linguistic roots. During Somoni’s rule (849-907 AD), the dynasty reached its creative peak. Tajik currency is called somonis, and one somoni is worth about 20 cents.

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