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... and had a new palace built.
We went to the History Museum - there were 6 people in it. We went to the Carpet Museum - 2 people, us! And the attendants follow you round and watch you. (Actually the carpet museum wasn't a museum - there was nothing older than 50 years, I think it was a shop - make a suitable offer and evdrything is for sale.
One interesting thing needed a trip out of town to see an ancient Bronze Age city - Nisa.Built of mud brick but enough remained ...
... of the locale, as a male pair of our group danced with two fellow Turkmen (as opposed to Turkwomen), on the outdoor hotel bar's otherwise empty dancefloor, to the cheesiest of Western dance music; the sprightlier youths of our group possessed the ingenuity to find a nightclub until 02:30 (did I mention the national 23:00 curfew?); we old dull marrieds were spared the adventure (and the consequent exorbitant cost).
Thurs 11th: My compliments to ...
... of camels grazing by the roadside. It would appear that the grass is greener on the other side in this part of the world too. Apparently very few roaming camels are wild. Most belong to somebody and are identified by a fabric collar around their necks.
*Hitting a camel would seriously damage the truck so AG takes extra care.
*The Turmenistan border town of Dasoguz also boasts wide tree lined boulevards and a few ambitious architectural features. But of course ...
... amp; there is internet censorship. The 2nd President was 'elected' with 98% unanimity in 2006 and his name is Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedow ( how on earth do BBC newsreaders manage?!
*Women are also free to wear more western clothes. When we visit a local supermarket to buy provisions, we see long dresses, tight dresses, short dresses, a real assortment of styles. Just no extremes of bare flesh as you see in Europe in comparative temperatures.
*Rostam explains that ...
... and a payment of nearly 300 US$. The truck is searched thoroughly. Only the nominated driver can stay with vehicle so AG has to unpack and repack by himself.
*There are other European travellers going through the same lengthy border process. Interestingly, Turkmenistan border control will not accept Euros. So much for its world wide credibility. No, despite everything, it is still the US $ that is the universal exchange currency.
*There are several laws ...