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On entering Khorog, a series of buildings that communicate a sense of official character line the road. They are banks, schools, and administration buildings, partly from the government.
We stay in the Kivekas Hotel which is in middle of the town, directly at the Gunt River, a tributary of the Panj river. A pedestrian bridge next to the hotel leads across the river. After 2 days mainly in the car, we enjoy an almost car-free day.
Today, a visit to the Khorog Bazaar is on our agenda. It’s all pretty lively, as the bazaar offers all the items and food necessary for daily life.
We especially like the colorful oriental fabrics and carpets. But also the variety of fruits, household goods, and jewelry make the visit interesting. People are friendly and you easily get into a conversation with them. Yet, mastering the Russian language would be very helpful.
Through the well-kept central park, we go to the Restaurant Chorbogh, which also lies at the riverbank. On the spacious terrace you can eat well and watch life on the river. Some daredevils climb into the water and drift downstream. This does not look harmless at all.
We meet a group of sports enthusiasts in the restaurant. The men in the green T-shirts are from South Tyrol. They are from Bike Lenin. They cycle 1000 km in 4 weeks and in addition, they climb a 7000 m high mountain, the Mount Lenin.
The other two with the gray T-shirts started in Berlin and cycled here together. One of them leaves for Kazakhstan in 5 months, the other in 6 months for China. All these athletes have our deep respect for the performance they achieve.
During another small walk through the town, we arrive at a place which is full of busts of Tajik national heroes.
On the opposite side is the State University, where our guide had studied.
After dark, Eithne, our Irish fellow traveler from Dubai, draws our attention to a poster that she discovered in the afternoon. It shows the model of an opera that is emerging here. Well, we’re a bit surprised, because we would not have expected an opera here.
Back at the hotel, we are back to reality. The WI-Fi in the hotel is available only in the morning, while we are on the road, or in the evening when we are at dinner. The good news is, there is electricity. Nevertheless, the hotel is very good for the conditions here in the Pamir.
Our rooms have their own bathroom and toilet. The shower looks ultra-modern, with various nozzles, but the problem is that the water comes only dripping from the tap. But there is a working air conditioning and a private fridge. The breakfast is good and the owners are very friendly.
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