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Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan The mosque in Turkmenistan’s capital was commissioned by the first president of independent Turkmenistan, Niyazov, following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The mosque was completed in 2004 with a mausoleum for the president and his close family constructed alongside. Niyazov was to be interred only two years […]

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Wilbur’s Travels – My 7 Travel Wonders Of The Past Decade

Travel is a great defining constant in my life and as I reflect on the last ten years of travels, I am extremely grateful that I am able to indulge in my passion on a regular basis. I have visited 22 new countries in the decade and revisited many more old favourites. I found it […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]

Ashgabat Neutrality Monument

Wordless Wednesday – The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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 […]