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Ashgabat

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  • Day38

    In Asgabat muss das Auto blitzen

    September 2, 2019 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Wir freuen uns nach den 33 Polizeikontrollen, die wir heute passiert haben, in Asgabat angekommen zu sein. Sowas haben wir wirklich noch nie erlebt.

    Beim Tanken rechnen wir aus, dass wir nur 7,2l auf 100 km verbraucht haben. Das muss von den geraden Straßen kommen. Wir können uns das jedoch nicht so richtig vorstellen.
    Nach der anschließenden Autowäsche mit Handpolitur sieht unser Auto aus wie neu. Sogar die Reifen sind geschrubbt und glänzen schwarz. So kann es nun nach Aşgabat gehen, ohne eine Strafe zu kassieren. Hier sind dreckige Autos nämlich verboten.
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    Elfia Fähnrich

    Sehr freundliche Begrüßung durch den Präsidenten. Rechts daneben die gigantische Rennbahn und links die Jurte gehört zum Festgelände der Rennbahn, oder?

    9/25/19Reply
    Elfia Fähnrich

    Glänzt ja wie verrückt, deshalb gefällt mir der Präsident, der ist für Sauberkeit und Ordnung.

    9/25/19Reply
    Elfia Fähnrich

    schwarzes Schaf?

    9/25/19Reply
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  • Day38

    Erster Eindruck von Asgabat

    September 2, 2019 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Uns erwarteten glänzende Asphaltstraßen und eine verrückte Stadt. Überall stehen große weiße Bauwerke und alles sieht sehr sauber aus.
    Die ganze Zeit erleben wir einen Wow-Moment nach dem Anderen und können alles gar nicht so richtig fassen. Die Straßen wirken überdimensioniert, aber dadurch lässt sichs ganz gut fahren.

    Bei einem Einkauf auf einem Basar sehen wir das erste Mal Festpreise für Obst und Gemüse. Wir kaufen eine Melone und danach Limonade auf der "Produkt einer wohlhabenden Epoche eines mächtigen Staates" steht. Wenn man es schon nicht ist, dann muss man es wenigstens schreiben. Die Limo hat leider nicht so wohlhabend geschmeckt...

    Wir mussten auch nochmal etwas Geld tauschen, dieses Mal aber nur 5 Dollar. Wir wollen ja nichts wieder mit ausführen. Das hat alles leider nicht so einfach gemacht. Es hat sich sogar eine Kundin auf dem Basar angeboten zu Tauschen, bei dem geringen Betrag aber Abstand genommen. Nach etwas Umherfragerei sind wir aber trotzdem fündig geworden.
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    Elfia Fähnrich

    Gigantischer Sonnenuntergang

    9/25/19Reply
    Elfia Fähnrich

    Sehr entspannter Verkehr, aber nicht nur weiße Autos?!

    9/25/19Reply
    Elfia Fähnrich

    Nur Polizei, 4 auf einem Fleck?!

    9/25/19Reply
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  • Day8

    A Day in Ashgabat

    May 15, 2019 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Last night I walked around the area near the hotel and finally found a restaurant, on the way home I discovered that there are places I’m not allowed to go and key amongst these is anywhere within a city block of the Presidential Palace (which along with any government building I’m not allowed to photograph). When I got too close the police and security people were very fast to let me know I was not welcome there.
    Today I looked at Ashgabat which everyone is fast to tell me is noted in the Guinness Book of Records as having the most marble clad buildings in the world, along with several other records (they seem a little obsessed with these records).
    I wandered around the remains of Old Nisa then headed off to the Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia I’m told, then off to the Monument of Neutrality (they are very proud of being a neutral country). I visited another mosque and the Independent Park and spent a while looking through the National History Museum which was good.
    Unbelievably in this city in the desert it rained today quite heavily for a short time.
    Tonight I will play it safe and look for somewhere to eat in the opposite direction to the Presidential Palace
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    Wargren Ventures

    Are you getting mosqued out?

    5/16/19Reply
     
  • Day139

    Karakum -Ashgabat

    September 22, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Heute ging es den 2ten Teil durch die Karakum nach Ashgabat, der Hauptstadt von Turkmenistan.

    Die Straßen waren um einiges besser. Die Wüste ist auch hier leicht bewachen und teilweise sandig.

    Beim Wechsel der Fahrbahnen hatte sich Alex festgefahren und wir haben ihn rausgezogen.

    In Ashgabat wollten wir eigentlich noch in die Autowäsche, in der Stadt müssen alle Autos sauber sein. Wir haben aber keine Waschstraße gefunden, so haben wir am Stellplatz selber Hand angelegt.

    Der Stellplatz ist in der Nähe des Flughafens, tolles Gebäude, auf einem Hotelparkplatz.

    Als wir im Hotel Internet hatten, haben wir erfahren das unser Vater gefallen ist und sich die Hüfte gebrochen hat. Er wurde Operiert und nun hoffen wir das alles wieder gut wird.
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    Beate Dackweiler

    Eure Bilder werden immer besser. Die letzten Etappen finden wir geheimnivoller und eindrucksvoller als den Teil der Chinesischen Etappe. Wir hoffen es geht Euch weiterhin gut, geniesst noch die letzten Wochen. Wir hoffen auf weitere imposante Fotos.

    9/23/18Reply
    Marion Bings

    Guten Appetit 😉

    9/23/18Reply
     
  • Day140

    Ashgabat, SeaBridge-Essen + Lichterfahrt

    September 23, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Abend sind wir wieder zu Essen eingeladen worden.
    Das Restaurant war eher auf Englisch/Amerikanisch gemacht. Und ein Band spielt Rock und Popmusik.

    Der Spruch des Tages zum Thema: Vegetarisches Essen: Es gibt Gemüse gebraten wie Kotlett.

    Danach ging es noch durch das beleuchtet Ashgabat. Sehr imposant und verrückt. Es waren kaum Menschen in den Prachtstraßen.

    Zum Schluss gab es noch die gut Nachricht von zu Hause: Unserm Vater geht es besser.
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    Bärbel xxx

    👍 freue mich, dass zu hören! 🤗

    9/23/18Reply
    Marion Bings

    Sieht futuristisch aus

    9/23/18Reply
     
  • Day34

    Ashgabat

    September 24, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ashgabat (Turkmen: Aşgabat, pronounced [ɑʃʁɑˈbɑt][2]; Russian: Ашхабад, tr. Ashkhabad, IPA: [ɐʂxɐˈbat]) — named Poltoratsk (Russian: Полтора́цк, IPA: [pəltɐˈratsk]) between 1919 and 1927, is the capital and the largest city of Turkmenistan in Central Asia, situated between the Karakum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range.

    The city was founded in 1881, and made the capital of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic in 1924. Much of the city was destroyed by the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake but has since seen extensive renovation under President Saparmurat Niyazov's urban renewal project.[3] The Karakum Canal runs through the city, carrying waters from the Amu Darya from east to west

    Ashgabat is a relatively young city, having been founded in 1881 as a fortification and named after the nearby settlement of Askhabad (see above for the etymology). Located not far from the site of Nisa, the ancient capital of the Parthian Empire, it grew on the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala, first mentioned as a wine-producing village in the 2nd century BC and leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC (a precursor of the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake). Konjikala was rebuilt because of its advantageous location on the Silk Road and it flourished until its destruction by Mongols in the 13th century. After that it survived as a small village until Russians took over in the 19th century.

    A part of Persia until the Battle of Geok Tepe, Askhabad was ceded to the Russian Empire under the terms of the Akhal Treaty. Russia developed the area as it was close to the border of British-influenced Persia, and the population grew from 2,500 in 1881 to 19,428 (of whom one third were Persian) in 1897. It was regarded as a pleasant town with European style buildings, shops, and hotels. In 1908, the first Bahá'í House of Worship was built in Askhabat. It was badly damaged in the 1948 earthquake and finally demolished in 1963. The community of the Bahá'í Faith in Turkmenistan was largely based in Ashgabat.

    Soviet rule was established in Ashgabat in December 1917. However, in July 1918, a coalition of Mensheviks, Social Revolutionaries, and Tsarist former officers of the Imperial Russian Army revolted against the Bolshevik rule emanating from Tashkent and established the Ashkhabad Executive Committee. After receiving some support (but even more promises) from General Malleson, the British withdrew in April 1919 and the Tashkent Soviet resumed control of the city.

    In 1919, the city was renamed Poltoratsk (Полторацк), after Pavel Poltoratskiy, the Chairman of the Soviet of National Economy of the Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. When the Turkmen SSR was established in 1924, Poltoratsk became its capital. The original name (in the form of "Ashkhabad") was restored in 1927. From this period onward, the city experienced rapid growth and industrialisation, although severely disrupted by a major earthquake on October 6, 1948. An estimated 7.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed 110-176,000 (⅔ of the population of the city), although the official number announced by Soviet news was only 40,000.

    In July 2003, street names in Ashgabat were replaced by serial numbers except for nine major highways, some named after Saparmurat Niyazov, his father, and his mother. The Presidential Palace Square was designated 2000 to symbolize the beginning of the 21st century. The rest of the streets were assigned larger or smaller four-digit numerical names. Following Niyazov's death in 2006, Soviet-era street names were restored, though in the years since, many of them have been replaced with names honoring Turkmen scholars, poets, military heroes, and figures from art and culture.

    In 2013, the city was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's highest concentration of white marble buildings.
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  • Day35

    Ashgabat

    September 25, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov (Turkmen: Saparmyrat Ataýewiç Nyýazow, Cyrillic: Сапармырат Атайевич Ныязов); 19 February 1940 – 21 December 2006) was a Turkmen politician who served as the leader of Turkmenistan from 1985 until his death in 2006. He was First Secretary of the Turkmen Communist Party from 1985 until 1991 and supported the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt. He continued to lead Turkmenistan for 15 years after independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Turkmen media referred to him using the title "His Excellency Saparmurat Türkmenbaşy, President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers". His self-given title Türkmenbaşy, meaning Head of the Turkmen, referred to his position as the founder and president of the Association of Turkmens of the World. In 1999, the Assembly of Turkmenistan declared Niyazov President for Life of Turkmenistan.

    In his time, he was one of the world's most totalitarian, despotic and repressive dictators. He imposed his personal eccentricities upon the country, such as renaming Turkmen months and days of the week to references of his autobiography the Ruhnama. He made it mandatory to read the Ruhnama in schools, universities and governmental organizations, new governmental employees were tested on the book at job interviews and an exam on its teachings was a part of the driving test in Turkmenistan. In 2005, he closed down all rural libraries and hospitals outside of the capital city Ashgabat, in a country where at that time more than half the population lived in rural areas, once stating that, "If people are ill, they can come to Ashgabat." Under his rule, Turkmenistan had the lowest life expectancy in Central Asia. Global Witness, a London-based human rights organisation, reported that money under Niyazov's control and held overseas may be in excess of US$3 billion, of which between $1.8–$2.6 billion was allegedly situated in the Foreign Exchange Reserve Fund at Deutsche Bank in Germany

    Background
    Niyazov was born on 19 February 1940 in Gypjak (or Kipchak), just outside Ashgabat in the Turkmen SSR. He was a member of the influential Tekke tribe.[8] According to the official version of his biography, his father Atamyrat Niyazov died in World War II fighting against Nazi Germany, while other sources contend that he dodged fighting and was therefore sentenced by a military court. The other members of his family were killed in the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake that caused extreme damage and a high number of casualties in the city. His mother Gurbansoltan Eje was part of the cult of personality later. He grew up in a Soviet orphanage before the state put him in the custody of a distant relative.[citation needed]

    After finishing school in 1959, he worked as an instructor in the Turkmen trade-union exploratory committee. He then studied at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, where in 1967 he received a diploma as an electrical engineer. After graduating, he went to study in Russia, but was expelled a few years later for academic failure.

    In 1962 Niyazov started his political career, becoming a member of the Communist Party. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming First Secretary of the Ashgabat City Committee,[9] and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Turkmen SSR in 1985. He gained this post after Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev had removed his predecessor, Muhammetnazar Gapurov, following a cotton-related scandal. Under Niyazov, the Turkmen Communist Party had a reputation as one of the most hardline and unreformed party organizations in the Soviet Union. On January 13, 1990, Niyazov became Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Turkmen SSR, the supreme legislative body in the republic. The post was equivalent to that of president.

    Niyazov supported the Soviet coup attempt of 1991.[10] However, after the coup collapsed, he set about separating Turkmenistan from the dying Soviet Union. The Turkmen Supreme Soviet declared Turkmenistan independent and appointed Niyazov as the country's first president on October 27, 1991. On June 21, 1992 the Turkmenistani presidential election of 1992 saw Niyazov - the sole candidate - chosen as the country's first popularly elected president. A year later he declared himself Türkmenbaşy - "Leader of all Turkmen".

    In 1994 a plebiscite extended Niyazov's term to 2002 so he could oversee a 10-year development plan. The official results showed that 99.9% of voters approved this proposal. On December 28, 1999, Parliament declared Niyazov President for Life; parliamentary elections had been held a few weeks earlier for which the president had hand-picked all candidates.

    Niyazov and his Russian-Jewish wife, Muza, had a son (Murat) and a daughter (Irina).

    Niyazov became president at the transition of Turkmenistan from a Soviet republic to an independent state. His presidency was characterised by an initial crumbling of the centralised Soviet model that in many respects was unsuited to function as a separate entity; also, there were large amounts of foreign income from gas and petroleum reserves (approximately $2–4 billion as of 2005). There was outside concern about press freedom and to a lesser extent religious rights of minority religious groups. Niyazov made a personal attempt to create a cultural background for the new state of Turkmenistan by writing and promoting the Ruhnama, an autobiography meant to guide the people of Turkmenistan with his ideas and promote native culture (and by extension prohibiting foreign culture). He also took part in creating new holidays with a specific Turkmen nature and introduced a new Latin-based Turkmen alphabet to replace Russian Cyrillic. The Latin Turkmen alphabet consists of: Aa, Bb, Çç, Dd, Ee, Ää, Ff, Gg, Hh, Ii, Jj, Žž, Kk, Ll, Mm, Nn, Ňň, Oo, Öö, Pp, Rr, Ss, Şş, Tt, Uu, Üü, Ww, Yy, Ýý, Zz.[11]

    The golden statue of Niyazov atop the Neutrality Monument in Ashgabat that always rotated to face the sun

    Niyazov became a substitute for the vacuum left by the downfall of the communist system, with his image replacing those of Marx and Lenin. He renamed the town of Krasnovodsk "Turkmenbashi" after himself, and renamed schools, airports and even a meteorite after himself and members of his family. His many, sometimes erratic decrees, and the doting actions of the official Turkmen media gave rise to the clear appearance of a cult of personality. In Ashgabat, he erected a rotating, $12 million, golden statue of himself that always faces the sun.[12] The eccentric nature of some of his decrees, and the vast number of images of the president led to the perception, especially in western countries, of a despotic leader, rich on oil wealth glorifying himself whilst the population gained no benefit.

    Despite emphasising a need to move from central planning to a market economy and to a full democracy during his reign, neither plan progressed. Yearly plans set forth by the government and a centralised economy gave little indication of moving away from state-dominated economics, and the dictatorial nature of many of his decrees and his declaring himself "President for Life" gave little hope as to much progress in these two areas.
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  • Day145

    Turkmenistan, Ashgabat

    September 23, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Die Stadtführung war seltsam. Erst fuhren wir zu einem Bazar ausserhalb, dort waren viele Menschen. Dann zur Moschee die der erste Präsident bauen lies - zur Erinnerung an seine Mutter, die an dieser Stelle bei einem Erdbeben ums Leben kam. Danach begann die eigentliche Führung - durch eine Geisterstadt. Keine Menschen auf den Strassen, niemand in den Parks. Dutzende Springbrunnen die plätschern, an fast jeder Ecke grosse Bildschirme mit Propaganda und Präsidentenwerbung.Read more

  • Day34

    Ashgabat

    September 24, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ashgabat (Turkmen: Aşgabat, pronounced [ɑʃʁɑˈbɑt][2]; Russian: Ашхабад, tr. Ashkhabad, IPA: [ɐʂxɐˈbat]) — named Poltoratsk (Russian: Полтора́цк, IPA: [pəltɐˈratsk]) between 1919 and 1927, is the capital and the largest city of Turkmenistan in Central Asia, situated between the Karakum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range.

    The city was founded in 1881, and made the capital of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic in 1924. Much of the city was destroyed by the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake but has since seen extensive renovation under President Saparmurat Niyazov's urban renewal project.[3] The Karakum Canal runs through the city, carrying waters from the Amu Darya from east to west

    Ashgabat is a relatively young city, having been founded in 1881 as a fortification and named after the nearby settlement of Askhabad (see above for the etymology). Located not far from the site of Nisa, the ancient capital of the Parthian Empire, it grew on the ruins of the Silk Road city of Konjikala, first mentioned as a wine-producing village in the 2nd century BC and leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC (a precursor of the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake). Konjikala was rebuilt because of its advantageous location on the Silk Road and it flourished until its destruction by Mongols in the 13th century. After that it survived as a small village until Russians took over in the 19th century.

    A part of Persia until the Battle of Geok Tepe, Askhabad was ceded to the Russian Empire under the terms of the Akhal Treaty. Russia developed the area as it was close to the border of British-influenced Persia, and the population grew from 2,500 in 1881 to 19,428 (of whom one third were Persian) in 1897. It was regarded as a pleasant town with European style buildings, shops, and hotels. In 1908, the first Bahá'í House of Worship was built in Askhabat. It was badly damaged in the 1948 earthquake and finally demolished in 1963. The community of the Bahá'í Faith in Turkmenistan was largely based in Ashgabat.

    Soviet rule was established in Ashgabat in December 1917. However, in July 1918, a coalition of Mensheviks, Social Revolutionaries, and Tsarist former officers of the Imperial Russian Army revolted against the Bolshevik rule emanating from Tashkent and established the Ashkhabad Executive Committee. After receiving some support (but even more promises) from General Malleson, the British withdrew in April 1919 and the Tashkent Soviet resumed control of the city.

    In 1919, the city was renamed Poltoratsk (Полторацк), after Pavel Poltoratskiy, the Chairman of the Soviet of National Economy of the Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. When the Turkmen SSR was established in 1924, Poltoratsk became its capital. The original name (in the form of "Ashkhabad") was restored in 1927. From this period onward, the city experienced rapid growth and industrialisation, although severely disrupted by a major earthquake on October 6, 1948. An estimated 7.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed 110-176,000 (⅔ of the population of the city), although the official number announced by Soviet news was only 40,000.

    In July 2003, street names in Ashgabat were replaced by serial numbers except for nine major highways, some named after Saparmurat Niyazov, his father, and his mother. The Presidential Palace Square was designated 2000 to symbolize the beginning of the 21st century. The rest of the streets were assigned larger or smaller four-digit numerical names. Following Niyazov's death in 2006, Soviet-era street names were restored, though in the years since, many of them have been replaced with names honoring Turkmen scholars, poets, military heroes, and figures from art and culture.

    In 2013, the city was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's highest concentration of white marble buildings.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ashgabat, Aschgabat, Asjchabat, አሽጋባት, عشق آباد, عشق اباد, ГІашкъабад, Aşqabad, عاشق‌آباد, Горад Ашгабад, Ашхабад, আশখাবাদ, ཨ་ཧྲི་ཁ་པད།, Aşgabat, عەشقاباد, Aşğabat, Ašchabad, Asjkhabad, Ασγκαμπάτ, Aŝgabato, Asjabad, Asgabat, عشق‌آباد, Ašgabat, Achgabat, Asjchabad, Achkhabad, Ašhabad, אשגבאט, अश्क़ाबाद, Աշխաբադ, ASB, アシガバート, აშხაბადი, Ashxabad, ಅಶ್ಗಾಬಾತ್, 아슈하바트, Aschchabad, Ašchabadas, Ašgabata, അഷ്ഗാബാദ്, अश्गाबाद, Ашхабад ош, ਅਸ਼ਗ਼ਾਬਾਤ, Aszchabad, اشک آباد, Așgabat, Ашгабат, அசுகாபாத், Ашқобод, อาชกาบัต, Ashabat, Aşkabat, Ашкабад, ئاشخاباد, Ashxobod, 阿什哈巴德, אשגאבאט