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We visited Ashgabat in late December, and since Turkmenistan is a predominantly Muslim country, were rather surprised at the number of Christmas trees we saw lining the streets on the way from the airport to our hotel. We later learned that these were in fact New Year trees, as New Year is a major holiday in Turkmenistan.All the public buildings...more
I stayed at Nissa Hotel for two weeks. Service and food are good. Nice facilities including: -...more
Internet access is limited in Turkmenistan - though not as limited as we were led to expect. There is an internet cafe on the top floor of the Yimpas Shopping Centre in Ashgabat, which we used. I also saw one in the departure lounge at Ashgabat airport, but didn't try that. It's necessary to deposit your passport at the desk, and some sites...more
Merv was a city on the Silk Road whose heyday was in the eleventh and twelfth centuries during the Seljuk empire. It was destroyed by the armies of Ghenghis Khan.On arrival in Merv our first call was at the Mausoleum of Seljuk Sultan Sanjar (a grandson of Alp Arslan). Normally, the next part of the tour would have been to climb up on the ramparts...more
The Museum is situated in a new building, finished in 2010. The first hall – as in the Ashgabat museum– is the hall of the President, filled with pictures of the current President. He appears in his academic robes as a Professor of Ashgabat and Baku Universities; in traditional dress outside a yurt; playing football and tennis, riding a horse etc....more
The Russian travel sites talk about the Florida bar as the place to meet and eat in Turkmenbashi. When I went there, I was the only person in the place. The two guys there looked like they did not know what to do with me. Eventually I got a beer.
I sat near a window and looked at the sea. A Russian girl came in carrying a plastic bag that said Shanghai in Chinese on the side. I thought , what a funny little world this is.
She came over and asked if I wanted a girlfriend and if I had cigaretts. I answered no and she went away. I left a few minutes later. Another wild night in Turkmenbashi.
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