Welcome to the last installment of our photos from Central Asia. Yes, the umbilical cord with the former Soviet Union has finally been cut. We have exchanged Cyrillic letters for Mandarin characters and statues of Lenin for Mao. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we leave you with images from Tajikistan.
We spent most of our time in Tajikistan in the Pamirs, a remote and mountainous region in the southeastern part of the country between the Kyrgyz and Afghan borders. Our visit appeared well-timed, as the autumn landscape revealed itself in astonishing layers. And as rumored, the Pamiri people were both fascinating and welcoming. After a spectacular and terrifying flight that caused us to find numerous religions while in the air, we ended our Tajik sojourn in the capital city of Dushanbe.
This concludes our photos from Central Asia. We are not quite finished with the region yet, however. To confuse our readers even more, we’ll continue to post written reflections of our time in Central Asia as we make our way through China.