The proprietor of my guest house suggested I head to the East of Pamirs. Suggesting it was a marvelous place go gain perspectives. And, indeed she was not wrong. Out here one has plenty of opportunity to contemplate the extremes of life and acquire insights about what it is to be human.
While the lower altitudes saw a yellowing of leaves betraying the coming fall, approaching the higher altitudes, they had already seen double digit minus temperatures and snow on the ground.
Though the Eastern Pamirs are Tajik territory, it's mostly populated by Kyrgyz, revealing that the drawing up of borders, did not fully account for the life within them. And so, like many places elsewhere, these borders have created additional challenged. During Covid times, many were caught on one side of the border with no means of seeing their families on the other side, or going back to work.
While Kyrgyz on the Tajik feel politically discriminated against, their main complaint is the quality of life in these altitudes. Many are looking to migrate to Kyrgyzstan where there are more opportunities.