Days Forty-Three – Forty-Five: Dushanbe again

The final few days in Dushanbe were pretty calm, but I did finally find my way to some of the few standard tourist attractions in the city. All the photos below are from day 43 (July 12).

A monument on the mostly deserted grounds of a palace (I don't know what it's called)
A monument on the mostly deserted grounds of a palace (I don’t know what it’s called)
Lake Komsomol (Комсомольское озеро) is looking a little sad these days (if it ever wasn't)
Lake Komsomol (Комсомольское озеро) is looking a little sad these days (if it ever wasn’t)
The shore of Lake Komsomol boasts a very Soviet amusement park
The shore of Lake Komsomol boasts a very Soviet amusement park
In the background: National Flag Park...
In the background: National Flag Park…
National Flag Park, one of Dushanbe's biggest attractions. The titular flagpole, seen here, is apparently the tallest flagpole in the world.
National Flag Park, one of Dushanbe’s biggest attractions. The titular flagpole, seen here, is apparently the tallest flagpole in the world.

There’s a museum on the park plaza, which was almost as deserted as the park itself. It has four floors and a decent array of exhibits (from natural history to the glorification of Dear Leader [Rahmon]) but still feels a bit pathetic (for example, not all of the lights work). Admission is 25 somoni, 10 extra with a camera (total: $7), but many of the exhibits are no-photography anyway.

Inside
Inside
Part of the Rahmon section, including a world map of all the places the President has been.
Part of the Rahmon section, including a world map of all the places the President has been.

Courtesy of Anna and my other fast friends, I also went to my first (and last) “hash”, or meeting of the Hash House Harriers, the worldwide “drinking club with a running problem”. With only a moderate amount of offense intended to that group (and none to my friends), I won’t be joining them again because I enjoy the drinking rather less than the running. But the run (or in my case, walk) was spectacular:

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Posted from Almaty, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan.

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