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Ashgabat Neutrality Monument

Wordless Wednesday – The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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2018 Gone, 2019 Beckons

Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]

Ashgabat Neutrality Monument

Wordless Wednesday, The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Trains

Trains in Turkmenistan I recently returned from 17 days in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan and of course train travel featured along the way. First up Turkmenistan. The nation is covered 80% by the Karakum Desert, which is now home to much of the train track in the country. Capital Ashgabat is the hub and journeys seem […]

Ashgabat Grand Mosque

Ashgabat, Risen From The Rubble

The Ashgabat Earthquake In 1948 the capital of Turkmenistan was razed to the ground by a devastating earthquake. The two shocks lasted less than a minute in total, but are said to have measured 9.6 on the Richter Scale and claimed 110,000 lives, about 60% of the then population. This would make it the most […]

A Journey Through Turkmenistan

Visiting Turkmenistan As usual the response from people who don’t know me that well when I mentioned that I was going to the Central Asian country was “why?” Those who know me a bit better already knew, “because it’s there, it’s slightly mysterious and well, why not?” It is indeed a little mysterious to us […]