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Travel Blogs from Ashgabat
... 1900 tentative dinner time, hoping to find a new spot.
Back up for a shower.Somehow the extra wifi time is gone. I will just email the hotel on my return what a stupid system it has in that regard. Brought the diary up to date and mucked around with trip items on the computer, Dave getting some beauty sleep. I was tired enough that I bagged out for over 1.5H, getting up after 1800.
Nil of consequence done until 1900 dinner rendezvous. ...
... After sorting out its tinniness, it was easy enough to understand him.
Like many cities facing the Mongols, Ashgabat was razed by Ghengis Khan. That fate was in 1231. The country has some 6M inhabitants. University education is free. Today was Education Day in the country. The present president had been the health minister in the prior administration.
We headed toward the cable car ride. Same is 2.5k long with an 800m elevation gain. Atop same, one is ...
... I felt too tired to even enter the water. Spent no more than five minutes in the pool and then did diary stuff. Loud Russian pop and hip hop music was the background, the area full of Russians [I think]. Apparently there must be no 'No diving' equivalent in Russian. No future members of the Russian gymnastics' team were present. Diary catching up continued poolside.
Back up to get ready for 1900 rendezvous with the Sisters, diary ...
... depicts Turkmenbashi as a golden baby, being saved by a mermaid, all this on top of a torn earth which is being taken on the horns by an enormous bull. Sadly, the museum that goes with the monument is closed, and there's no one around to bribe to open the doors for us.
Next to the monument we find a huuuge building with golden domes. The density of soldiers increases, and they seem adamant that we don't take any pictures here (which I of course already ...
... We can obtain a leased car for eastern and western Europe, and will likely do so in order to explore as many of the places we sought to as possible.