Sofitel Ashgabat Oguzkent
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... 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 ...
... in these far flung places.
*In this white marble city area there are airconditioned bus stops and the main road linking the Ministry buildings is heated in winter so that ice does not develop. We pass a roundabout with a huge thermometer in its centre. The range is from -30 to 60 degrees. We are experiencing 50 degrees during the afternoon. So even allowing for exaggeration at either end of the spectrum, that is a huge climatic range to accommodate within 6 months ...
... The shower head has snapped from its hose and so there is no shower. And so on....So we use our pillows and cotton sleeping bags (another essential item when travelling to far flung places ) just to make us feel at home.
*We take the truck and try and find a restaurant to eat downtown. Fawlty Towers, for all its space and exterior grandness does not have kitchen facilities for its guests. Just as well probably.
*We manage to find the British Pub listed in ...
... in mind we hadn't gone to bed till gone past four they had got up after two hours sleep to find a box of these cakes just to give us. Neither Dom nor I could quite believe just how much what were essentially six strangers had done for us, there seemed to be no end to their attempts to make us feel welcome. Thus it was with great reluctance we said our final goodbyes and returned to our Mongol Rally fellows and set of for a local bazaar.
The bazaar itself ...
That was the best night's sleep in the tent to date. Despite the spiky thorns everywhere. I slept soundly and to prevent potentially damaging the roll mat, I put the sleeping bag on the floor to protect it.
I decided to enjoy the views of the mountains rather than go to the underground lake. A good decision on reflection. I am fascinated by Turkmenistan. It is the size of Spain but with a population of only 5 ...