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One of my inspirations in writing here is the amazing Carpetblog.  The Carpetblogger’s caustic, funny, intelligent style made Carpetblog a joy to read, even if you had no interest in the topics she covered.

But moving to a place as Mxyzptlk weird as Tajikistan has made me appreciate her observations, and snide asides, about life in Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Turkey — her expat homes — even more.  Only after the fullness of a Dushanbe summer could I understand why musing about the proper accessories for devushka boots was so hilarious, although this photo shamelessly purloined from her post on the subject might help you understand:

Sadly, this Ukrainian devushka has more style than her Tajik sistras

Unfortunately for us, Carpetblogger has had a rough go of it personally and is not really inspired by Istanbul to blog as it is a manifestly less odd place than, say, Baku.  So, her blog is going on a permanent hiatus, although she holds out the hope to her readers that someday a “Carpetblog II” will be launched.  Therefore, I’m keeping Carpetblog in my links (see to the right) and keeping my fingers crossed that the Carpetblogger starts blogging again real soon.

Best wishes Carpetblogger and good luck with whatever you do.

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My buddy’s blog

Another Tajik-themed blog to recommend, and which I’ll add to my blogroll: http://tojikvso.blogspot.com/

This blog is from my buddy who’s a VSO volunteer here in Dushanbe, and though he doesn’t update it super-frequently, it has some style and insight about it.

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Actually not a Tajik herself, but a Canadian who’s working for a local NGO in Khorog in the Pamirs. I liked her first in-country post about her initial impressions of Dushanbe:

http://worldtravelnotes.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/a-taste-of-russian-opulence/

I haven’t done a lot of the sort of post linked to above, and maybe I should do more impressionistic stuff. In the meantime, enjoy this one; I did.  I also added a permalink to her site on my blogroll under the “Tajikistan” section.

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Hello Monday.

So, this will be my attempt at blogging, Take Four.  But this time, I have a particularly good reason to stick to it: I’m going to be living abroad for a year.  Not only will I be an expat, but I’ll be an expat in one of the most interesting and (for Americans) little known parts of the world, Central Asia, in particular, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Dushanbe comes from the Tajiki word for Monday, ostensibly for the weekly market on that day that was held for years on the location of the modern city.  Thus, I say “Hello Monday, I will be there soon.”

In the meantime, I’ll post stuff on tying up loose ends here at home and getting ready to leave.  Please bug me incessantly if I haven’t posted in awhile.  Shame me into blogging.  Shame is very powerful.

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