Arriving in Tajikistan after the hectic week in both Turkmenistan and especially Uzbekistan due to the visa restrictions, was like a breath of fresh air. For the first time since probably Turkey, we didn't have to rush anywhere and we could just rest and update the web a bit. We only stayed in the city of Khujand, although the most important thing Tajikistan has to offer its visitors are the Pamir mountains. But as it is winter, the access is quite complicated, expensive and time-consuming. Besides, we're supposed to go to Nepal in a few months, so we'll have plenty of mountains there!
After the bus from Tashkent dropped us by the border with Tajikistan, we entered the building to come accross a small problem: to leave Uzbekistan you have to hand out a copy of the customs declaration we filled in when we entered Uzbekistan. Problem: we didn't have the copy. The border guards in Olot probably forgot to give us a copy of it. Great.
After going back to Ankara and two more visits to the Tajikistan consulate, we finally got the Tajik visa! Then 10 hours of bus to get to Trabzon and apply for the Iranian visa.
After the interesting video conference with the students of Centre d'Estudis Prat in Barcelona where they proposed the first challenges to be done, we took a bus back to Ankara, where we arrived after 5 hours. Turkish long distance buses are really cool. They have comfy and wide seats, wifi, a screen on every seat where you can charge your phone, watch TV, play games, etc. and they also have a catering service and you are getting food and drinks every now and then. Exactly the same as Spanish buses :P
In Ankara we stayed again at Mutlu's place. He was quite surprised: "you're like a boomerang, you go and you come back". Yes, exactly like a boomerang thanks to the Tajik embassy. We finally spent 3 nights in Ankara when it was not even in the plan stopping there.
Born in Barcelona and raised in Olot, I've been interested in travelling since I was a child, when every Summer I crossed Spain from coast to coast with my parents. Listening to my siblings' stories about their trips all over the world also helped, as well as watching Around the World with Willy Fog on TV :)
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