It feels rather apt that I was in one of the most beautiful corners of the world when my dear friend Nicki gave birth to a baby girl.

I’ve also never felt further away from home.

Known as the ‘Roof of the World’, the remote Pamirs mountain range in Tajikistan took us over 4,600 metre passes and surrounded us with huge, towering mountains, glistening lakes and stretches of road that made me feel like I had landed on Mars.

Small villages suddenly emerged out of the brown rocky horizon, offering us cozy little homes for the night, run by wonderfully hospitable people who fed us until our bellies could hold no more.

It is, quite simply, like nowhere else on earth. And sometimes, especially at night when the sky was alight with twinkling stars and the entire Milky Way on show, I had to pinch myself to remind myself I was still here on our little planet.

So today’s ‘World in Pictures’ post on the Pamirs in Tajikistan is dedicated to our latest arrival – the beautiful Dorothea Mary Delia Wearmouth, born on July 13th.

Welcome to the world, dearest Dottie.

I think you’re going to like it xx

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