We finally got to Khujand quite destroyed, took another taxi to our hostel and end of the day. Summary: 7 different vehicles taken, 12 hours on the road and one border crossed. But we made it! For the first time we didn't have to rush anywhere and we could fully rest and sleep as much as we wanted to.
The selected hostel this time was a wonderful apartment in the center of Khujand. The owner only spoke Russian but he brought his daughter, who was able to communicate in English and told us the apartment had some small problem: there were electricity shortages in all Tajikistan and we would probably lack electricity at some points of the day.
When the father and the girl left, we just went to have some food at a really good and cheap restaurant on our street (good Tajik food and better green tea) and back to the apartment to have some rest, actually a lot of rest. It was the first time we didn't have to worry about running to sightsee, or catching a bus or whatever since probably Turkey. In Iran our 30-day visa was a bit too short to go to all the places we wanted to, so we were quite rushing. Besides, the visa application processes didn't help. Turkmenistan was also quite crazy as we had only 5 days, but the worst was Uzbekistan with so much to see in only 3 days. So, now we really felt relieved.
In the square you can just walk around stopping at the stalls selling different stuff, sit down by the fountain, go to the big mosque or visit the mausoleum right next to the mosque. It is a really complete square and worth spending some time just hanging out.
The rest two days spent in Khujand were just sitting at home and updating the web a bit, as it was the very first time since Armenia that I had the time and the Internet to do it. In addition, despite the water and bugs problems, the Internet at the apartment was really fast and stable (there was not even a single electricity blackout any day), so we had to take advantage of it.
From the 4 days spent in Tajikistan I cannot have an opinion about the country, just about Khujand, and it is a very good one. Although Tajikistan have the Pamirs as a highlight, as I said it was time-consuming, expensive and hard to get there during wintertime, so maybe next time! Anyway, Khujand felt really good after the hectic journeys over Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
You can already check the pictures and the guide about Khujand!