Central Asia.

Thursday April 12. We arrived in Turkmenbashi at 4.30 am. It was to be 8 hours before I competed all the procedures; welcome to Turkmenistan the wierdest country in Asia.

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Wacky Dictators

The 11th October started out like any other day, except we were leaving Uzbekistan and crossing into Turkmenistan. Things seemed a bit dire when I told everyone to make sure

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Ashgabat and Alibeck

Underused but stately buildings, older soviet era apartment blocks, Ladas with shiny ‘racing’ tire rims, cafes that don’t serve beer – Ashgabat is different!

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Turkmenistan – From the Bazaar to the Down Right Ridiculous

Prior to researching our visit to the “Stans”, we saw this part of world as little more than a homogenous mass sandwiched between Russia and China. In general one of

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Turkmenbashi and the land of the Golden Statues

If you want to know what Ashgabat looks like and how Turkmenistan is run it would be wise to read the following section I copied from the book that every

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Turkmenistan’s giant burning gas crater

The Darvaza gas crater was created about 30 years ago when a drilling rig collapsed into an underground cavern of natural gas. Someone made the decision to try and burn

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Turkmenbashi, Tukmenistan

Turkmenbashi There were 18 other tourists on an overland adventure tour on the ferry. They are on a 6 month excursion on a big converted truck. The ferry trip across

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Peace Corps Assignment

I have received word this week about my Peace Corps assignment. I will be heading to Turkmenistan on September 29. Due to a complete police state and US government policy

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Halk, Watan, Beyik, Turkmenbashi!

A quick search of this website reveals that, aside from an American chap working in Turkmenistan posting his contact details, the last tourist entry for this country was September 2001.

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DARVASA GAS CRATERS

From Tolkuchka Bazaar we drove for hours and camped somewhere in the desert, pitched our tents and we started cooking our meal, come night time Ata came back with this

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