In the morning the dude who had told me the way to the hotel showed up:
His name was Yerig.
It was snowing outside, and I didn’t really feel like walking:
So I stayed in and took some selfies with Madina and Murka:
We were very serious about our selfie-taking:
Only Murka seemed a bit tired:
And then, when we were standing around in the kitchen, it hit me:
With her red outfit and her green scarf, Madina looked just like a super hero!
Sadly though, I couldn’t stay forever. So at some point I said my good-byes and stepped out into the snow:
The road was tough that day:
Though not quite as tough as I had expected it to be:
I reached a hotel in the afternoon:
But it was closed.
So I kept on walking, even after the road turned into a mud slide:
When I reached the village of Shakpak Baba, I found out that it had no hotel. And it didn’t have a restaurant either. But it had four shops, one of which was pretty big:
I asked in every shop if they knew anyone who could maybe take me in for the night, but to no avail. They just kept repeating the same word: no, no, no, no.
The problem was this, though:
I had blown a tire.
So when this lady called Zoe saw me walking past her house, she asked me what I was doing and why I seemed to be so annoyed:
And after listening to my account of the events, she said I could just stay in her living room.
“Go in and sit down, I will make tea!” she said:
And she said it with such vigor that I just shut up and did as I had been told.