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 »

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 »
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    " I am an American," but not "Chicago born" like Augie March. Only Chicago aged. I'd like to think that if Henry Louis Gates were to investigate my geneology, he would discover in my past three women who traveled around the globe, chronicling their adventures. Sarah Kemble Knight traveled 112 miles by carriage from Boston to New York in 1704, a journey most women did not embark on alone (and men did so only with some trepidation). In fact, women were only just beginning to exercise their independence in the 1920's when Emily Kimbrough took off with her friend, Cornelia Otis Skinner, to explore Europe. But it is Auntie Mame, transforming herself from a New Yorker to the wife of an Austrian Baron and climbing the Matterhorn, whose mantra I have adopted. "LIFE IS A BANQUET...LIVE!" I began travelling in the 1960's when I traveled around western Europe between graduating from the Univiersity of Pennsylvania and my first job as a statehouse correspondent for UPI (United Press International) in Charleston, West Virginia, which was about as foreign a place as Europe was to someone who grew up in the environs of Philadelphia. Since then, I've also traveled to Kaunas, Lithuania, to teach at Vytautus Magnus University and to Sheffield, England, to present a paper at an engineering conference. I've been to the Alps and seen Auntie Mame's Matterhorn while climbing, by a series of cable cars rather than by foot, toward the peak of Mont Blanc. For 10 years my husband and traveled to unique places: a sheep farm during lambing season in England's Lake Country, a hotel on one of the Barromeo Islands in the middle of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy, and a cottage in Dun Quin on the Dingle Peninsula which the Irish claim is the last parish before Boston. Between excursions, I'm a professor in the Department of English at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana,. My husband passed away recently and, Auntie Mame-style, I am in the process of transforming myself. I've joined a tour to Central Asia and traveled to China to work with the pandas. This year I'm on my way back to Europe--Inreland, England, and France--to present a paper at a Conference and then visit friends. A new adventure. Old friends. Another banquet.

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