Getting Around in Dushanbe

16 02 2009

Although the capital itself is relatively small, getting around town poses it’s own set of challenges. For example, when the electricity is out, so are the electric-powered trolleys. But not to worry – as long as there is a will, there is a way.

When the wallet is tight, you just need to think creatively.

And you thought that the bike was just meant for one person. It takes a special skill to be able to do that.


Taxis are available all over the place. Unfortunately, most of the drivers are not familiar with the town, none of the streets are marked and nobody carries a map. When I used a taxi earlier today in order to look for a certain street, we wound up asking half a dozen people, rode around the area for an hour and still didn’t find the street we needed.

When all else fails, there is always heavy machinery. As I was coming back to my house, I was baffled by seeing a tractor trying to enter a narrow doorway in my building.


Fortunately, as it turns out, it wasn’t trying to enter the building after all. It was just pumping out the water from the basement – evidently, the canalization system got blocked, so everything came out underneath my apartment… and then also flooded the electric switchboard. Not to worry, they tell us the water and electricity should be back by 9pm tonight… or, maybe it’ll be 9am tomorrow… hey, who’s in a rush.




3 responses

19 02 2009

Borya, keep on rocking! Your blog is my nightstand bible.

20 02 2009

Wow, Borya, you are in a crazy city! hahaha

21 02 2009
Alex M

“canalization”? lol you russky; it’s ‘sewage’.
also this place seems like an endless source of material for failblog.

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