Central Asia | Turkmenistan

See the first part of our trip through central asia here.
Next parts are Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tbilisi

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Excavation site in old nissa, near Ashgabat
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The holy Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, built by the first president of Turkmenistan himself. Completely covered in marble. His mausoleum is just nearby. Covered in marble as well.
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Detail of the mosque
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Boulevard between the old city and the new city of Ashgabat, where all the ministries and other crazy buildings are located
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The arch of neutrality is holding a golden statue of the first president. It turns once a day on its own axe so it always faces the sun. Heavily protected and visited by no one.
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One of the ridiculous huge and luxurious ministries. All made of marble in white and gold.
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Another huge monument of the all ruling first president of Turkmenistan. Look at all the people there, crowded as everywhere in the marble city.
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Türkmenbashy, the city near the caspian sea, named after the first president. This oil refinery is enhanced by the visage of the second and current president.
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Finally, we met some locals at the market
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On the way to the desert we had a toilet-stop
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“There’s no bus, right?” (we) – “Sure there is, for the locals out here” (guide)
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Yangykala Canyon in western Turkmenistan – very impressive
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At Gozli Ata, a very important islamic pilgrim place in the desert
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Local tourists
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Some graves and the mosque at Gozli Ata
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Camel crossing
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The next day, we visited the local animal market
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Girl with goats
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Just bought some food
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Busy day at the market
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Overlooking the tradings
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Buying and selling sheeps, the camels were already sold
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Goats and air conditioners
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Great Gyz Kala, a part of Merv, an ancient city on the silk road. Active for several centuries.
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At the ice house in the city of Merv, we met some dudes, while the girls went for some sightseeing
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Turkmen girls
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At the local mosque, it was time for praying
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In the Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum

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Expecting wishes: white stripes for boys, coloured ones for girls
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The ceiling of an ancient mosque
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In the supermarket of Mary, near the ancient city of Merv
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äs klassischs Garette-Bild
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The town of Yerbent, in the middle of the desert
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Camels: Friends, workers and food for the local people
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“Nothing to see here”
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In the desert, all the scrap they found is used again
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Fire cooked meal at our camp, near the …
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… mighty Darwaza Gas Crater!
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After dinner snack at the camp fire
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No chance to bring the impression of this burning hole (burning for over 44 years, >70m in diameter) in one picture
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At Konye-Urgench, an ancient city with one of the tallest minarets of this time (11-12 century)

 

Next parts are Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tbilisi

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