I just returned from a delightful weekend in Boulder, Colorado, where I was honored to be able to participate in the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Tajikistan is renowned for its amazing hospitality and the weekend at the Teahouse lived up to that reputation.
I wanted to share a bit of the fun, art, community, music and dance with you, so I put together this little video compilation. I hope it gives you a taste of the overall experience!
I want to extend special thanks to the owners of the Teahouse restaurant, Sara and Lenny Martinelli, and the Nate Pulley, Operations Manager, for their extraordinary hospitality. Although I had read about the Teahouse for years, and seen many photos, this was my first in-person visit. I left feeling like I have a new Tajik home in Boulder, and I can't wait to return!
If you missed our blog post a couple of weeks ago about the history of the Teahouse, you can read that here.
One new bit of information I learned over the weekend was that in order to ship the Teahouse to Boulder, the artists in Tajikistan not only disassembled the Teahouse, they cut it into over 2000 pieces! That huge jigsaw puzzle was then reassembled on site in Boulder! What an amazing effort on both ends!
I'm looking forward to returning to Boulder, probably in September, for another weekend pop-up trunk show and a personal dose of Tajik hospitality.