Ice creams are a big hit in Dushanbe during hot days. However, the colorful ice creams might draw more than a single raised eyebrow. The coloring was intense, and the taste a close runner-up...
If you have some serious alleriges you are probably better off without the ice cream. A good substitue were an excellent and cool cheese cake I found in one ice cream outlet, and saw elsewhere also along Rudaki avenue.
Tajik people are very hospitable. And if you make any friends then you are bound to be invited by them. They invite you for just TEA and you end up having whole MEAL!!
For them Tea is just a starter. Alongwith tea they serve Plov (Rice), Samsa, Meat, Dry-fruits, toffees & bread.
Never say NO when you are invited since it may not be liked by them.
Removing shoes as you enter is a custom.
Shaking hand with whomsoever (male) you meet, and with everybody who is present alongwith that person is must! If you dont do so then you are considered to be an arrogant.
Never shake hand with ladies unless they do it to you.
Touching a left cheek to another person's (male) left cheek if often done with very close friends.
It's nice to come here as a woman if you're used to covering yourself completely, but why no variation in Tajik women's dresses? :-)Everyone in velvet tents in bright colors. Looks like night wear for old ladies. I appreiciated the spirit in these ladies though. They seemed very brave and determined compared to the Afghan ladies I'm used to.
The languages in Dushanbe are mainly Russian and Tajik (a variety of Persian, simliar to Dari in Afghanistan). The main language is Russian, with Tajik spoken by most, but not always well. Outside Dushanbe, the languages reverse position.
There are quite a few people who speak excellent English, and everyone is very helpful, even if you have to order a haircut in sign language (dangerous!)