Tajikistan

Garm Valley, Khorog and Ishkashim
Vases planted by Margrethe Whitton, July, 2002

“Garm Valley is strewn with forlorn burnt out tank carcasses at the bends of roads so it seems fitting to put a vase there.  However, it was also covered this time of year with tall wild flowers and grazing cattle.  So the views were breathtaking.  When we reached the top of the mountain, the sun came out and we could see the Garm river moving slowly below.

You may notice on the photo from Ishkashim, little white tents; they are storage tents of wheat as part of the World Food Program, UN, where an old dear friend lives and works.  Our kids used to play together when we lived in Denmark.  We lost touch.  After 25 years, to my surprise, here, we reconnected.  After I placed the vase, I came back down the mountain to a good French onion omelet that he had made for me.”