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Reminiscing About Leg 2 – The Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan Photo Gallery

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While I’ve been stuck in Tehran (Iran) over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 2 from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan was a fast paced, exciting race against the clock though some of the most beautiful and scenic countries along the Silk Road. At the time I thought this was the…

Once upon a time in Turkmenistan, The White Pearl of Central Asia and a watching Big Brother

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Finally on Turkmenistan soil
Waking up in Turkmenistan it felt like I’d gone back in time. The massive hotel was new but felt old. Down in the dining room at breakfast I got the chance to enjoy some cigarette smoke with my coffee, from the table next door. And it was the start of the new cash only world. A…

Baku to Turkmenbashi – 3 days on a leaky boat

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Morning Views of the Caspian Sea
I woke the day after we left Baku to a beautiful sunny day on the Caspian Sea. The cool sea air was refreshing. Optimistically I hoped that we would dock today, one day ahead of schedule. The first sign that things were going to be different was my mobile phone had lost any network connection. Contacting my…

Boats, Borders and a Braking Boris

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Hi everybody,
I just wanted to say a quick hello. Technology challenges in ‘The Stans’ are making it difficult to update you on my progress. Since I left Tbilisi the days have been a blur. Boats (3 days on a leaky cargo boat), Borders (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Boris have been keeping me occupied.
Don’t fret some blog updates…

Turkmenistan

TURKMENISTAN
We arrive in Turkmenistan, a country described by many as the “North Korea of Central Asia”.  As a traveller it is one of the most difficult countries to travel freely in; you either need a transit visa, or a tourist visa which requires you to have a compulsory guide. Whichever visa you choose on arrival, the officials will agree…