Bazaar in Tajikistan

First of all, just getting our supplies is at least a day-long activity.  The Bazaar was crowded with people and materials and trying to explain “valve” with hand motions and drawings is not easy!  We did have interpreters there but Steve and Jen encouraged me to try to find items on my own since I will need to learn the universal hand motions for “flap valve” at some point!

I struggled with the male/female cultural barriers.  I wasn’t supposed to make eye contact or really even talk to males so “shopping” for parts was an awkward and confusing experience.  I just sort of hung behind the men I was with and motioned to them what I wanted. I did get to move around more comfortably in the small shop areas when the owner would invite us in to look around and help us find the items on my list.

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