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... and Suse would be arrested. Luckily they let her leave the truck in the customs car park for the rest of our time there and she didn't have to cross it into Iran. We went off to the Turkmenistan embassy the following morning after a long cab drive where both our drivers didn't have a clue where to go, and ran into the other overland truck company Odyssey trying to find it also. This embassy would also only allow two people in at a time so after an hour wait our first set of two went ...
... quite fun camping next to the quiet blooping and blupping of the mud volcanoes, and what a difference to the previous bushcamp in the lush national park, we were now in a moonscape.
It was a very early start, we were up at 4am and left at 4.45am (we run 15 minutes early at nearly all times), seeing an amazing sunrise on the way to Baku and to get our Turkmenistan visas.
The plan was... get visas and pack for 2-5 days on the boat ...
... to dock straight away. We had wondered if we may be anchored off shore for several hours, so it was with a good deal of relief that we ventured into passport control on shore.
However, we were not able to leave until 11pm, so we were all looking forward to a mid-night shower in our hotel in Turkmenbashy.
We started our trip across Turkmenistan the following morning , aware that over 75% of this country is ...
... t think it was local either but we got some. It was a fairly warm night and it was nice to sit and relax in the brightly lit square with the fountains running and lots of people walking around. By the time we left, it was after 10 pm and we joked about how we had been getting to bed so early on this trip and getting up before we needed to.
So now I am back writing up the day's events and now I will try to upload my photos but not stay up too late. ...
... 12, no news from 'The Man’. Then we waited some more, blogging, eating, singing along to 80’s cheesy rock… 4pm rolled by and we had all resigned ourselves to the fact that it just wasn’t happening. We were in the middle of planning where to go for dinner when Zaza our fixer camp running down the stairs. "We can go to bank and pay, he says he will make visas today, but we must be quick!" We were supposed to be ready to go at a ...
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