Where to begin with Turkmenistan?

I guess at the start? First they make it hard to get in. Which is cool in that it makes it off the beaten track. You need a local “Invitation” letter, a visa, money…

You also have to have a government minder with the group. He is your local guide, but is also in their security services. After our awful Uzbek guide, the heart sank at the thought of how bad he would be as a guide.

So we crossed the border, which was about normal, with the Uzbek’s taking 1.5 hours to let us out, and the Turkmen 3 hours to let us in (A perfect example of “Finn’s Law” which is that the entering country will take double the time of the exiting country).

Sadly, there was nowhere to hang my hammock while we waited, to make everyone jealous.

After the border in…

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