Know Your Central Asian Presidents!

From Niyazov to Nazarbayev, Karimov to Rahmonn, each country in Central Asia has been blessed or cursed depending on your point of view to have such individuals at the helm since the fall of the Soviet Union and their own independence in 1991. So, let’s see if we can match the President to the country!

Tasting Turkmenistan

What can you expect travelling in Turkmenistan as far as food is concerned? Well, it’s still Central Asia and so the staples that are popular elsewhere in the region are as always easy enough to find. If you fancy plov, shashlik or some sort of dumplings, you’ll be well looked after in Turkmenistan. Here’s a rough summary for you of the places I ate at and the things I ate.

City Rumble – Ashgabat Versus Dushanbe

In the red corner, the capital of Turkmenistan. The streets are wide and the buildings are blindingly white, we have Ashgabat as our first destination city. In the blue corner, the leafier capital of almost neighbouring but not quite because of Uzbekistan, where the influence of Russian culture has not been forgotten, and where building and building continues at pace, we have Dushanbe! But if you were to travel to Central Asia, which one would I recommend? Let’s pit them against each other and find out!

Turkmenistan’s Enigmatic Leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow may not be a name you are familiar with, or one that can be easily spelt or pronounced, but as I have recently been to the very unique Turkmenistan recently, and considering he's quite the 'dude', I thought sharing this was appropriate. Destination Turkmenistan is made all the more bizarre by it's …

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Turkmenistan – The FULL Story Part Two – Ashgabat, Merw and Mary

Howdy all! Yes, it’s back to Turkmenistan today for some of the world’s most interesting and different travel sites as I explore this bizarre and draw-dropping destination. Last week I presented the fist part – here >>> Turkmenistan – A 5-Day Tour Part One – and today I will conclude this amazing adventure, hard to …

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Turkmenistan 5-Day Tour – The FULL STORY (Part One)

Howdy all. I have planned to write a detailed dissection of my tour through Turkmenistan last year, a country which is a hell of a destination, and one that is generally off the traditional and well-worn ‘travel map’ as it were. And today is the day! I wind the clock back nine months (with 2020 …

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26 Photos of Ashgabat to BLOW your mind!

Hi all. Today I've pulled out some (26 in fact) photos I took in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, last year. You'll see statues of Turkmenbashi, the enigmatic leader who became President after independence, there's also the mosque he named after himself and indeed a giant stone statue of the book he wrote about Turkmen …

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Camping Out at the Burning Darvaza Gas Crater

This world is full of many a strange mystery. The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, the Salt Plains in Bolivia, caves, ancient ruins, but one of Central Asia’s main mysteries was formed by accident when drilling and looking for natural gas, which is actually quite abundant in the region and brings in the money for the …

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