We visited a traditional Pamiri home in the village of Langar, Tajikistan and were welcomed with fresh, homemade bread and warm milk literally straight from the cow (we saw her outside when we first walked in).
The man seated was our host the previous night. He (and his children) have light hair and blue eyes, a visual surprise for us. We asked his roots and were told that Pamiris with lighter features are descended from Macedonians who settled in the area under Alexander the Great (300 BC). If true, those are some strong genes!
Read more about our adventures in the Pamirs.