Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Turkmenistan’s landscape is dominated by deserts. The fifth and final Stan of my trip through Central Asia was Turkmenistan. Notoriously known as being closed, reclusive and politically isolated, there was a sense of accomplishment as my passport got stamped with a Turkmen entry stamp. The country is the eleventh least visited nation in the world,…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples

At the foot of the mountains lies Kazakhstan’s largest city; Almaty. Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city and was the former capital city from 1991 until 1997 when it moved to Astana. At just over 2 million people living in the city it remains the commercial and business centre of the nation. Right at the foot…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples