Two dorm room for Chinese Road Workers in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital city, isn’t know for its nightlife. There are a few decent restaurants, but after nine months here my family and I are tired of going to the same six places. We’ve tried everything on every menu in town. The big movie theater in the center of town plays the most recent Hollywood blockbusters, but only in Russian. There’s a bowling alley if you are into that sort of thing, but no real bars that are safe and no young artistic intellectual scene. No Russian rock clubs that I know of. No black box theater. We are confined to a world of traded DVDs and our art. But the Chinese workers live an hour or more from Dushanbe, sleeping in bunk beds with thin pads for mattresses thrown over a wooden plank. They have a small TV set and not much else. They play cards, smoke cigarettes, and dream about how what their children back home might be doing right now.


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