Posts in category "Turkmenistan"

Riding an Akhal-Teke Horse in Turkmenistan

  Add to the Arabian stallions, Chincoteague ponies and Lipizzaners, the Akhal-Teke horses. I learned about the Akhal-Tekes when we visited the Arkadash stable just outside Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. These  horses, descendants of the original Mongolian breed, are magnificent. Their colors range from black, to cream,  to golden or silver. Regardless they shine golden in the sun, especially around the neck. Tall... Read more »

Central Asia and US Hockey Player Ryan McDonagh

Central Asia is in. Take a look at the article in the New York Times(Saturday Oct. 27, p. B9) about Ryan McDonaugh playing Hockey in Kazakhstan during the NHL lockout. Astana, where he is living, sounds and looks, according to the story, very much like I described Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in my early blogs. Modern, 21st century architecture,... Read more »

Turkmenistan: Riding a Time Machine at an Archaeological Site

I met up with the tour Wednesday and have been on a hell of a schedule ever since. Yesterday we caught a 7 am plane to Mary and returned to Ashgabat on the 7 pm plane. Mary is just next to Merv, a UNESCO archaeological sight. The ruins can be traced back to the 7th... Read more »
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: The Other White City Paved in Gold

I am in a landlocked Dubai. A white city sprung from the desert. Rich from oil and gas that has bloomed with the conclusion of the Soviet occupation. We arrrived late last night (actually 2:30 am) and after standing in the visa check line, paying our $12 registration fee, continuing on to the passport line,... Read more »