Few things in life beat the joy of an unexpected festival.
Imagine, then, my surprise. I”m on a hilltop overlooking the town of Istravshan in Tajikistan. As the day draws to a close, more and more people pour onto the top of town from the streets below.
It struck me as nothing peculiar, though, until a band started warming up on the front steps of the reconstructed palace-front.
Finally, after wandering and trying to chat and taking lots of photos, the moment hit critical mass and hundreds of flag-carrying students marched in parade-formation up the hill. Happy Students’ Day!
Music and merriment ensued, and I ended another awesome day in Central Asia.