Pants down in no man’s land

A long day transfering from Urgench to Ashgabat. Leaving our hotel early morning we go in our spiffy blue Intourist bus towards the nearby border checkpoint crossing into Turkmenistan. West

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Turkmenistan Address

My address in Turkmenistan for the FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SERVICE is as follows:___________________________________PCT Stephen W. SmithU.S. Peace Corps/TurkmenistanPO Box 258, KrugozorCentral Post OfficeAshgabat, 744000Turkmenistan VIA ISTANBUL______________________________________ Via Istanbul should

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Crossing Borders – Part 3: Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan

If you ever consider crossing the border from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan, bring a beer, you’ll be in for a wait. Getting out of Uzbekistan is straight forward enough, and walking

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The Crossroads and Whırlıng Dervıshes

The blog wıll not let me ınput the correct country so here we are for real, ın Istanbul… We love Istanbul! It ıs so refreshıng and clean ( a stark

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Turkmenistan part 2 – rural adventures and across the Caspian to Azerbaijan

Greetings from on board the Akedemik Hassan Aliev, in the middle of the Caspian Sea en route from Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (named by former Turkmem president Turkmenbashi after himself) to Baku,

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Stan 4. The Last One

Our last impression of Uzbekistan was, like our first, pretty good. The border guards gave us no hassle, were friendly, and reasonably quick. Perhaps we were just lucky. It was

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The blazing crater of Turkmenistan

Our journey through Uzbekistan takes us to Bukhara and Khiva. Both were major stops on the Silk Road, built around oases. These UNESCO world heritage sites are packed with beautiful

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Eloquence is silver, presidential statue is gold

Early morning rise and checkout, and then a quick transfer to the airport. The flight is at 6.40, the check in procedure is chaotic and after the worst security inspection

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New Blog

Please see my newblog at mlungu.civiblog.org it’s a blog dedicated to civil society and international understanding. Please send everyone who may be interested in reading about my peace corps experience

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WEIRD MODERN ASHGABAT

After the hellish border crossing experience we drove almost all day then finally getting to our bush camp near the Kow Ata underground thermal pools. i noticed there are many

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