After a fantastic month or so traveling around Central Asia it was time to move onto another far away land ….. Siberia.
Lost in the south west corner of Tajikistan you’ll find the Pamirs and the Wakhan Corridor. You’ll also find hardship, remoteness, poverty, unforgivingness, survival, hope and the list goes on and on…………….
If you look hard enough though, you’ll also find a special place, a peaceful place, full of warm people begging to have the outside world come and visit them.
If your hardy enough and don’t mind sleeping with the locals instead of your 4 star hotel, eating what they eat and putting up with the endless diarrhoea whilst squatting over the village pit toilet, you’ll have the adventure of your life!
We certainly did!
We watched the kids play in the streets, smart phones were replaced with sticks, ropes and balls. The girls would skip, chat and giggle while the boys kicked the ball to each other in their favourite Leonel Messi shirt.
We could not help but go back 40 years to remember what it was like to be out on the street with the neighbours until you heard your mum scream to come inside for dinner.
In this part of the world, doors of homes are always open, the streets filled with children playing. The many aromas from the kitchens find their way to the streets as you wander through them as locals greet with a hello and where are you from. For us, those streets were a journey back to our childhood and those unforgettable memories .