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November 9th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Tajikistan

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English Summary: Had another run in with border guards today (the last time was when leaving Kyrgyzstan). The Tajikistan customs official wanted US$10 for registry entry. I told him that I had not been charged for such a thing in the last five border crossings so why now? Upon hearing this he changed his story, and pointed to official charges for exporting vehicles. He stabbed a fat finger at the motorcycle entry. I almost laughed at him. I gently explained that it was a bicycle, and that he should have realised that as he watched me arrive. So once again no money for the border guard. By the way, my visa for Uzbekistan starts tomorrow (10th of Nov). The Uzbekistan immigration officials were too caught up in the novelty of my bicycle to notice however, so I am now in Uzbekistan a day earlier than my visa officially allows. Staying at Nazar’s place. Random guy I met along the road.












Motorcycle – Duty US$10

「おまえ、俺がやってきたのをみただろう!あれはどう見ても自転車ではないですか。お金はハ・ラ・イ・マ・セ・ン。No denge!」

(Denge = お金)




Methane heating/lighting in Taylaq Village, Uzbekistan / メタンガス焜炉権灯(ウズベキスタン、タイラック村)

Crazy toothless drunk Uzbek (Taylaq Village, Uzbekistan) / クレージーな、歯のない、酔払っているウズベク人(ウズベキスタン、タイラック村)

Neighbours, friends, family - all at Nazar's place to see the foreigner (Taylaq Village, Uzbekistan) / 近所の方、友達、家族、みんな外国人を会いに、ナザールさんの家に集った(ウズベキスタン、タイラック村)

Nazar's kids (Taylaq Village, Uzubekistan) / ナザールさんの子ども(ウズベキスタン、タイラック村)

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Comment by Aunty Les — November 12, 2006 @ 8:42 pm | post a comment

So you're out of Tajikistan at long last! You seem to have been there forever!

Comment by Haidee — November 13, 2006 @ 2:31 am | post a comment

Wow! thats quite a hair do you got thereびっくりしました= ) looks like you are getting well looked after by the locals, Samarkand いいな,行き見たい、楽しんでね

Comment by Mum — November 13, 2006 @ 4:08 am | post a comment

You are beginning to look like a wild and woolly hill man! Any comments on the beard from the locals? I notice that they seem to be all clean shaven. Did you lose your shaveing gear?

Comment by Aunty Jenny — November 13, 2006 @ 6:02 pm | post a comment

Hey Rob, EmJay's comment when she saw your picture, was that you look like a terrorist! I think wild man from borneo fits better. I was wondering about the locals reaction to your facial hair too.

Comment by Aamir Khan — November 18, 2006 @ 7:59 am | post a comment

what a bombastic experience u hav .i wish i could hav too!

Comment by wqpljjyoki — August 4, 2007 @ 4:21 am | post a comment

Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! mbtvlvutyi

Pingback by neweurasia.net » Voices from Tajikistan — August 18, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | post a comment

[...] While Elizabeth reports on the hospitality of Tajik people, the other guy who is traveling from Japan to London by recumbent bicycle, reports that when he wanted to cross the Tajik-Uzbek border, the Tajik customs official wanted to extort money from him. The customs official wanted $10 dollars for the registry entry. But the adventurer knew his rights and did not give any money to the customs official by telling him that he ‘had not been charged for such a thing in the last five border crossings.’ [...]

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