Because of my continuous back pain and the heavy rain in the morning, we all stayed another day in Dushanbe today. Since we have seen most of the sights already yesterday, we did not do any sightseeing today, but we changed to another hostel because the old one was too far out of the city center, only provided one toilet for the 16 beds and it was at times quite noisy because people were talking in the courtyard in the middle of the night.
Moving to new hostel
In the new hostel, which is famous among cyclists and other backpackers, we met many interesting people. Some of them just came through the Pamirs on bicycle, others failed on motorcycle because there is still too much snow up there, and again another girl wants to hitchhike and walk through the Pamir in the coming days. It was an interesting exchange and helped us to prepare a bit for our traversal of the Pamirs in the following weeks.
Leaving for the Pamirs tomorrow
Since my back pain got a bit better today, I am confident that we can start cycling towards the Pamirs tomorrow. This also means we will be leaving the last big city for several weeks, the next one will most likely be Osh in Kyrgyzstan. So I am curious if I will keep on having good Internet coverage to update the blog in regular intervals, or if I have to collect the blog posts for several days until I have time to publish them. Nevertheless, the live tracking will always show my current position as this goes directly via satellite connection and is independent of the cell phone network.