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Originally developed by the Russians in the 19th century Ashqabat ('City of Love' in Arabic) is certainly the oddest city yet. It was completely demolished by an earthquake (9 on the Richter scale) on 6 October 1948 which also killed over a third of the population. A certain amount of rebuilding was done in the Soviet era but since independence in …
... Every week must feel different!
*Early afternoon we set off into the desert for our camping experience . We have 270 km to drive along a bumpy tarmac road. Then it's 10 km off road to get to the Darvaza crater and our desert campsite for the night. Off road the going gets sandy. AG is a very experienced dune driver ( from life in Oman days ) but this is the first time he has driven the Landcruiser in these conditions. He takes a while to adjust and crucially stalls the engine ...