I spent two weeks in Uzbekistan, and although the long days in the desert were tough, the towns and historic architecture made up for it. However, I was very much ready to leave the country and head for some cooler temperatures and some more natural beauty. Introducing Tajikistan! I was thrilled to cross the border and the country did not disappoint. Straight into the mountains and instantly there were very different challenges facing me. I’m currently in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan and I’ll spend two nights here before setting off on the Pamir highway. There is a more direct route to Kyrgyzstan and then into China, but the Pamir highway is a well known route that will take me further south in the country and through some much higher passes. I’m not sure how long it will take me; weeks rather than days but I’m really looking forward to it.