Homestay in Kekirdek: Sleeping under the stars or in a yurt
From Ashgabat we head north into the desert to stay in a private house at the edge of the sanddunes in the small nomad village Kekirdek. This homestay was arranged by the travel agent DN tours in Ashgabat. The owner of the house and two of his daughters waited for us at the edge of the village to guide us to his compound and house.
We were welcomed with tea. We could sleep at a wooden floor, built at about 50 cm above the ground. This was the place where you could catch a little breeze if there is any. At the same place we had our meals (picture1 &3).
The other place where we could sleep was in the traditional yurt (picture 2) with its colourful interior (picture 3 & 5). I decided to sleep in the yurt, though it was a little bit warmer than outdoors.
It was great to stay with the local family. They had a camel with a baby camel, some goats, a dog and some kitties. We could watch how they prepared the local food for us. We made a walk into the dunes and in the village. We got interesting explanations about the life in the desert village and the local customs of nomadic life.