From dusk till dawn. Life in the Pamirs.

In my teens and early twenties this place would’ve been hell.

Life in a tiny village where farm animals outnumber men by a wide margin.
Where the main past-time is to sit down and watch the clouds move around Pyk Lenina, 7100-and-something meters high.
But not now. It’s true, ageing has its own advantages. Such as developing the sense of being able to enjoy a walk in the late afternoon, when shadows get long, cows moo their request to be milked and kids are out playing.

Ageing also means memory. Remembrance. This is the road we took a long time ago, Tajikistan-bound.
Waiting is a game people excel at, here in the village amongst the Pamirs.
But some are still are hard at work.
Village life means freedom to meander about, even if you’ve just learnt to walk. After all, it takes a village…
Dusk falls and the air gets chilly. Tomorrow they say that the weather will be good.

And indeed it is.

Farewell for now Sary Tash. I hope I’ll return one day. Don’t change too much.
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16 Responses to From dusk till dawn. Life in the Pamirs.

  1. Woe wonderful views, and lovely spare writing. Sounds like you grew up here.

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  2. I’m learning about a new place from you. I’ve never heard of the Pamirs, though have long wanted to explore the Stans. One day . . . . .
    Alison

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  3. Dave Ply says:

    I wonder, sometimes, if today’s instant gratification, short attention span kids will stay that way, pleading ADHD for any struggles they have on the way to middle age, or if upon arriving at midlife they too will appreciate a break from grownup life’s constant stressors. Looks like the Pamirs are a good place to get away from it all.

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  4. J.D. Riso says:

    Love the starkness of this one, Fabrizio. The words and the photos. To be cliche: sometimes less is more.

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  5. The final sentence hits hard. How often we wished for something to remain as it was and look at it now.

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  6. Bama says:

    I have a feeling that we’re actually about the same age, Fabrizio. What you said about ageing is exactly how I feel. A lot of things I enjoyed in my early twenties are not necessarily things I would enjoy doing today, and vice versa. One of the things I like the most about ageing is the fact that I am more certain and confident about what I want without having to worry too much about being judged by others.

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