All things counter, original, spare and strange in Khujand, Tajikistan

Eid Mubarak!

Well, I have now been in Dushanbe for almost two weeks. It has been a time of intensive Tajik lessons, new foods, new words, and more or less easy living here in the city called Monday. This past weekend Ramadan came to an end, a time of relief and indulgence known as Eid. This is like Thanksgiving and Halloween rolled into one for the kids here. Starting early in the morning they run around to their neighbors houses demanding candy, or more traditionally, boiled eggs. Then the family gets up and sets out the feast you see above and everyone starts visiting their family and neighbors. I’ve never seen so many desserts all in one place. First we ate soup, then pumpkin sombosas (like Indian samosas, but Tajik-style), then the never-ending parade of sweets. This was the morning, when one of the embassy employees graciously invited my fellow Fulbrighter Ashley and I to her house. Oh the glorious overindulgence.  Here’s another photo of the spread (taken by Ashley):

In other news, I am still waiting to move up to Khujand, where I will actually be teaching for the year. The teacher I am supposed to assist had to delay her arrival until the first week of October, so until then I will be here in Dushanbe, hopefully doing some teaching and some more Tajik lessons. My precise activities during this period remain unclear, but I’ll keep you updated. Be well, everyone! Khayr! (Bye!)

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One response

  1. looks good seth! i see it didn’t take long to find an abundance of those breads. how close was the recipe i found? :o)

    September 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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