For those of you who are following this blog — I have not deserted it. I will be posting a substantive post soon. Right now we are in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, arrived Jan. 16. We are having to extend our three-month visa into a six-month visa and that is taking some time, so we are marooned here until the bureaucratic wheels grind. That will take several more weeks, and then we fly to Khujand. I will prepare a post on our laptop, so next time I have access to wifi I can post. Pictures of a big Buddha and lovely, pastel buildings along Rudaki Ave. are coming up.