The Amateur Traveler talks to Michael Soncina again about his trip to Tajikistan in Central Asia.
Tajikistan is smack dab between Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Unlike the other countries, Tajikistan is mostly mountainous. A lot of its influences, history, and culture are influenced by Persia while its neighbors have more Mongolian or nomadic influences. So that makes the experiences, people, and culture unique to the region. It is a former part of the Soviet Union so if you can speak Russian and Farsi you will get around very well.
Michael’s trip to Tajikistan was “very much by accident”. “I had planned to be in Kyrgyzstan for two months with an internship for a sustainable tour group. I thought to myself, I am in central Asia. I am already in a part of the world where nobody goes or has explored very thoroughly. I met some Israeli tourists who said ‘we are all going to Tajikistan so why don’t you come with us’. I got a visa and I went.”
Michael discovered a wonderful people, even if the border guards tend to… collect things, a rugged countryside, and adventures.
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