Back again from my sundry peregrinations of recent weeks, from Vienna to Gdansk to Warsaw to Prague to Dushanbe to Abu Dhabi to Zvolen (Slovakia), with odd groggy moments at home in between.

This has been the longest gap in postings here since the blog started. But somehow I just don’t fancy being thoughtful and wise when stuck in a jet-lagged hotel room somewhere far remote.

Tajikistan was interesting – my first visit there. Giving Public Speaking and Negotiating sessions to Dari-speaking senior Afghan women is a challenge. Yet somehow we made progress in leaps and bounds:



Otherwise Dushanbe is hot on monuments:


With a nice line in Soviet Retro Chic:


Anyway. Onwards.