Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - Land of Gold and Weirdness! April 13th 2011 Turkmenistan was the strangest country I'd ever visited. Described by some as a cross between Las Vegas and Pyongyang, Ashgabat, its capital, was all I expected it to be and more, easily making it into my top five cities visited. I especially adored the gold statues of Turkmenbashi - the ex-president - and I loved the lurking policemen who made me feel like a spy whenever I got my camera out. ... read more
Asia » Turkmenistan » Ashgabat Annexed by Russia between 1865 and 1885, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic in 1924. It achieved its independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. President NIYAZOV retains absolute control over the country and opposition is not tolerated... ... read more
My aim was to visit at least 100 countries, and with Brazil, I finally did it. I'm now loitering at 104. Or is it 105, I lose count...
Unlike a lot of fellow travellers, I tend to only dip my feet into a country, quite often only staying a day or two before heading off somewhere else.
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In 2013 I published an e-book entitled The Red Quest, detailing my mission to visit each and every country of the former Soviet Union. Along the way I sa... full info