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Jan 28, 2008 - Ashgabat

Llegamos a Ashgabat y me llevaron al hotel....el ex-Sheraton! Mismo "from rags to riches"! Cuarto caliente, cama grande, banho impecable, TV y hasta room service! Era como haber ido de una prision a un hotel 5 estrellas. En los siguientes 2 dias me dedique a recorrer Ashgabat por mi cuenta (fue lo unico que pude hacer solo en Turkmenistan). Fui al Toltuchka Bazaar, un mercado dominical gigantesco, donde lo mas interesante era la parte de alfombras "persas" (en realidad, turkmenas). Habia miles de gente y las mujeres andaban vestidas de mil...

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Sep 18, 2007 - Ashgabat

For 3-4 aar siden leste jeg en artikkel i aftenposten om et lite isolert oerkenland med en diktator av uvant kaliber. Jeg syntes det var for fantatastisk til aa vaere sant at presidenten kunne kalle seg Turkmenbashi (alle turkmeneres far) og bygge en gullstatue av seg selv om roterer slik at den alltid er vendt mot solen. Turkmenistan er definitivt ikke som andre land. Saa naar Jo ville inn i sentralasia, ble det nedsatt veto for aa inkludere Turkmenistan! Som turistattraksjon er Ashgabat en sensasjon. Vi gikk i en permanent tilstand av...

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Jul 8, 2006 - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Hi Everyone, After a difficult climb up a rough road from Iran to the border crossing at 2000 mtrs, getting through the mountain of paperwork and passed suspicious officials (they eventually revealed their sense of humour when we showed them through Claude and we left after four hours the best of friends), we arrived in the weird city of Ashgabat. For those of you who can be bothered try googling 'Turkmenbashi' or 'Niyazov' or even 'Ashgabat' and see what comes up. President Niyazov is the ex local republic Communist Party Chairman who has...

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May 10, 2006 - De Iran a Turkmenistan

(Sigo viva! No he podido escribir los dias pasados debido a problemas logisticos en todo el pais. Lo que se lee a continuacion lo he ido escribiendo off-line en un cuaderno estupendo que compre en Iran y que, como esta pensado para farsi, tiene la portada en nuestra trasera y nuestra trasera es su portada. El mundo al reves.) 10 Mayo 2006, Mashad, Iran, 08:00 AM Exito en el consulado turkmeno! Haciamos cola un turco, dos uzbekos y un irani. Eran todos camioneros que entre un poquito de ingles, un poquito de gestos y muchas risas se...

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Aug 11, 2005 - Asjabad

Después de 2 noches en autobús, haber pasado por la ciudad más sagrada del chiita Irán, Mashhad (lamentablemente sin visitar la mezquita-mauseleo del Imán Reza por las limitaciones de la visa de Turkmenistán), y un cruce de fronteras regular, estoy en la capital de Turkmenistán, un país extraño. Turquía parecía paraíso turístico al haber entrado a Irán, ahora ocurre que Irán es paraíso comparado con este país. Para comenzar, me he cruzado con un solo mochilero en 2 días (es muy difícil obtener una visa). Otro nota importante es que sólo hay...

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Ruta de la Seda

Jun 29, 2005 - Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN

At the Turkmenistan border we met our guide Archie (I know!), and he ensured a smooth entry into his country- the officials were all very friendly though. A short drive adn we were at the Tirkmenabat railway station where we left our luggage and then walked to a cafe for lunch/dinner and toilet break- the first of a food and loo stop since 6am after travelling something like 700 kms in a day. On the road through the border there seemed to be trucks from all over Europe- Iran Turkey and what looked like Luxembourg. Our driver from Khiva kept...

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Apr 22, 2005 - Freaks everywhere!

Ashgabat, Turcomenistao Ashgabat eh um misto de Disneylandia, quartel militar e cidade sovietica. O culto a personalidade do Turkmenbashi eh incrivel! Se quem vai a Salvador acha curioso tudo chamar ACM, aqui eh 20 vezes pior. Ruas, mesquitas, pracas, universidade... A Ashgabat atual deve ser muito diferente da Ashgabat de 5 anos atras. Nenhum mapa estah correto, os nomes das ruas mudaram 4 vezes nos ultimos 10 anos - talvez para agradar os amigos da situacao. Pessoas estao sendo removidas de suas casas, sem qualquer indenizacao, para dar...

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Sabático - 2005

Apr 22, 2005 - Huge Mosques, Huge Carpets and Central Asian Clubbing

Depart: Kow-Ata, Turkmenistan Arrive: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Overnight: Nissa Hotel On the way to Ashgabat we stopped at a couple of fascinating mosques. The first was the sky blue domed Saparmyrat Hajji Mosque - which was built around 10 years ago, after Turkmenistan's leader, Saparmyrat Niyazov (now Turkmenbashi) visited Mecca. It really reminded me of the Taj Mahal from the outside. We then stopped at a second even larger mosque which was the biggest any of our group had ever seen. It was up to 100m high. It had just opened 3 months ago...

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