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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Re-Visiting Dushanbe, Tajikistan: June 10-13, 2015

The Tajik word, Dushanbe, means Monday. When Dushanbe was only a village, Monday was the day of the weekly market so it was called Dushanbe. From 1929 to 1961 the city was known as Stalinabad, but in 1961 the city was re-christened "Dushanbe." Dushanbe has several daily markets (except for the mandatory once a week closure to sanitize the market), but my favorite has always been the Zeleny Bazaar (Green Bazaar).

Rhubarb grows wild on the mountain sides surrounding Dushanbe

 The Herbalist (above) mixing medicinal potions

 Chopping kilos of carrots into matchsticks for plov

 Dillaruz, my former bread lady who always saved me the best, freshest bread

Sadly, Zeleny Bazaar may soon move several kilometers away leaving the surrounding residents without a local market. Perhaps a friend of the President wants to develop the land that the bazaar occupies.

We visited several of the buildings surrounding Rudaki Park. We went to the new National Museum and took a photo of the reproduction of the 13-meter reclining Buddha (in Nirvana pose) that is housed there. When the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan were destroyed by the Taliban, this Buddha became the largest in Central Asia. It is sculpted out of clay. The original resides several blocks away in the Antiquities Museum. Apparently, they refused to give up their Buddha.

 The National Library (above) and National Guesthouse (below)

Avicena bust with Tajik Flag in distance

The giant flag pole and flag that four years ago was the tallest/biggest in the world. Since Tajikistan was only guaranteed to hold the record for 2 years, the record probably belongs to some other country now. While some things have or are changing, some haven't. It is still possible to see city buses being pushed along the road.

And, the guard at the Ismail Somoni monument motioned for us to come up the steps and then tried to extort us for 1 somoni. One somoni is worth 16 cents.