Hotel Gara Altyn
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... be 2, taking 7 hours, so I was at the bus station for the 8 a.m departure. By 9 a.m., there was no sign of it and I was told the next one would be at 12. I began to wonder if that one would fail to show, also, and anyway, didn't fancy arriving so late in the city, with no hotel booked ( I had tried to call ahead from the Mary hotel to find the cheapest option, but none of the phone numbers was correct). So I opted for a shared taxi, at $10 instead of the $1 bus, ...
... After a week in a shoebox 8 bed dorm I felt like I had died and gone to heaven!
So I (and my colleague) had a week to get everything setup, before 30 international sports journalists and broadcasters arrived for the 3 day event. As always when I am in Turkmenistan I seemed to suffer from insomnia - so I didn't sleep for more than 3 or 4 hours each night, I was running on pure adrenalin by the time the event started.
Once the first media stepped off the plane ...
... so it definitely was not the Kentucky Horse Park or a grand stable, but for this horse lover it was a great experience.
All horses mean a lot to the Turkmen. Horses are not euthanized, and ceremonies are held when they die.
A Turkmen cultural summary told to us from the lyrics of a folk song:
Water is our life.
Carpet is our soul
Horses are our wings.
Sent from my ...
... by the way, not the year). For those of you unfamiliar with the modern history of Turkmenistan, one name epitomises it- Sapurmurat Niyazov, aka Beyik Turkmenbashi (literally Great Leader, Father of All Turkmen), President for Life (d. 2006). Outside of North Korea, this is the only extant state where one can view a full-blown personality cult. It is impossible to confine the outlandish narcissism, the gargantuan megalomania, and the whimsically ...
... bad roads. Next day in Ashgabat, we started with a trip to an archaeological site, and by mid morning I was feeling less than fabulous from something dodgy I ate, so I retreated to the hotel to rest. Ron got the remainder of city tour showing off the ostentatious display of massive white marble buildings of gov. departments, statues of heroes and other monuments. Talk about flashing your (oil) wealth. So...would we visit again? Probably ...