Admittingly, we've been here in Delhi now for a few days. One might think that this should have given us enough time to organize ourselves. Well, getting to Tajikistan is not that easy!
After one short attempt from our travel agent in Hong Kong (proposed route: Delhi - Moscow - St. Petersburg - Dushanbe - Urumchi - Guangzou - Hong Kong), we quickly decided to leave the route planning (Delhi - Dushanbe) to our very talented special travel agent Matthieu himself.
Matthieu: Did you mention that we only came to Delhi in the first place, because there was a Delhi-Dushanbe flight? That we found out it got cancelled 24 hours before we left Hong Kong...?
So, since we arrived at our dear friend Simone's place on the 16th, we've been pouring over Russian aviation websites of airlines unknown to even the most astute Indian travel agent. Exploring every possible option, we, at some point or the other, were ready to pretty much cover all the 'stans' (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) or to fly 4500km west to Istanbul to then get a connecting flight back to Tajikistan (some 1000km north of here!). In our desperation we even considered spending a night in Kabul and a flight with (by local Afghanis highly UNrecommended) Ariana Airline.
But yesterday the search finally produced a possible solution. For the moment everything seems right: price, flight and connection times, airline safety... Dubai here we come! Let's call it the Triple D solution.
Oh, and to put some timeline to all this - we'll be in Delhi until the 28th of April, then fly down South to Karnataka for a week. Return to Delhi on May 3rd and then the big trip (die Große Reise) will finally begin.
Iluka: Delhi is very hot, but there is no Kranz' (Strand = beach) here anywhere... Mama and Papa are getting a bit too obsessed with this whole thumbsucking business - apparently it's 'DIRTY' here. There is a park with lots of squirrels and butterflies and a rusty old swing. My new friend Diran has so many toys that I guess it's ok to stay in the house. In the evenings we go and get ice cream. Yum!