As I left Dushanbe at 2:45 this morning local time, I still needed to find a few presents for folks back home. The shopping in Dushanbe is pretty much limited to staples for the population — food, housewares, etc. There are a few gift items, but not much.
So, at the airport I was relieved to see a small gift shop (and a rare refrigerated case where I could get a cold drink). Unfortunately for me, the gift pickings were still quite slim and the prices were exorbitant. (It seems the Tajikis have at least learned the capitalist lesson of a captive audience.) So, if you’re expecting a fine gift from Dushanbe, you might as well resign yourself to being disappointed.
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I’ve always wanted to visit Russia, Prague and Istanbul (among other places). Last year I crossed the first two off my list. Today I can cross off the third (though I’m only at the airport and won’t get a chance to venture outside).
Continue reading “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”
It’s been about 12 hours since my last missive (I think… I’ve kind of lost track of time), and in the interim, I’ve made a few observations and crossed Europe into Asia.
First things first. I spent most of the day relaxing in the Lufthansa lounge in Frankfurt, enjoying the free drinks (yes, Germans do drink beer at 8 a.m.) free sausages (yes, you can eat too many sausages in one day), and the free shower.
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