In a tree-lined street by Marjolein Katsma

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abstract, trees, vague, wall, shadow, graffiti, grafitti, travel, shade, greenery, tajikistan, tree lined street, town planning, soviet, russian, dushanbe

Although all former Soviet republics in Central Asia are independent, there is quite a bit of Russian legacy there, not all of it bad. One thing is that the major cities, especially the capitals, were often designed by architects and town planners who knew what they were doing: summers are hot here, so people need shade. As a result, many of these cities have a lot of greenery in the form of parks and tree-lined streets.

Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan is no exception in this respect, and very pleasant to walk through, even when it is hot. (Actually, when we were there it was chilly and rainy, but never mind.)

This picture of this wall was taken on one of those pleasant tree-lined streets – for me it’s kind of symbolic for how many of these cities are so pleasant to walk through. Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata, and the former capital of Kazakhstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). If I had to pick a favorite, it’s either Tashkent or Dushanbe – a tie.

Taken in Dushanbe, Tajikistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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