The ubiquitous "Fatherland, People, the great Father of the Turkmen people". Kind of nazi sounding and kind of scary. Apparently the "beyik" (i.e. great) is a recent addition. It's on all public buildings but I had to sneak this shot.
Halk, Watan, Beyik, Turkmenbashi! July 24th 2006 A quick search of this website reveals that, aside from an American chap working in Turkmenistan posting his contact details, the last tourist entry for this country was September 2001. So it's hardly surprising then that of all the places we'd planned to visit on this trip the one that aroused the most curiosity amongst our friends prior to departure was undoubtedly Turkmenistan. Those who had ... read more
Asia » Turkmenistan 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
After 4 years and 6 months in London we finally decided to return to NZ - the long way. We will be travelling from Egypt to China overland taking in 12 countries. This is where the journey begins...... full info