Matthew Reed - Kyrgyzstan
Today I fly back to Bishkek at the start of my journey home. Last night I had dinner with colleagues in Dushanbe thanking them for their friendship and their care and diligence in facilitating and supporting my trip. They warmly encourage me to come back on holiday with my family.
For the second time in a week I have the misfortune of a taxi driver with short term memory loss. Having vigorously assured me at the airport he knew exactly where my guest house was, he lost all knowledge of it once clear of the airport. He kindly offered his friend's guest house instead. We eventually make it to my guest house; I've remembered the way.
Today is my wife Jennifer’s birthday. After some grappling with the Russian version of Skype I get through to her; its great to hear her voice and speak to my children. Home feels a long way away.