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May 2, 2016 - Ashgabat to Darvaza Gas Crater

Saturday 30 April 2016 Out of Ashgabat After breakfast today we headed off in the bus for activities outside Ashgabat. The first place we went was a thermal underground lake where we went swimming in a warm sulphur spring. This place was about an hour to the west of Ashgabat and once we arrived, we walked down 360 steps smelling the sulphur all the way, got changed into our swimmers in some very basic change cubicles and spent 20 minutes in the water (longer was not encouraged due to health issues). We amused ourselves by recalling some...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Derweze - "The Gates of Hell"

The middle of the Karakum desert. Entry into Turkmenistan took almost five hours. About the same and as bureaucratic and mindless as the entry into Uzbekistan. At leas it didn't take two days. The Gas Crater at Derweze is evidently the result of Soviet gas exploration in the 1950s (if Lying Planet can be believed). The Wikipedia article seems to be more accurate - "The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas.[1] The ground beneath the drilling rig...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Another gate to hell

Today was a rather long drive through the Karakum desert. The road got worse as we went and it seems that driving whichever side on the road has less bumps and potholes is the correct way of driving. We stopped in the middle of nowhere for lunch made out of the trucks, camp kitchen. Other than a few photos of the occasional feral camel and the vastness of the desert the real treat are the Darvaza craters, where we camped overnight. The craters were made by Russians, looking for natural gas. The first one was filled with water. A little...

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Apr 24, 2005 - Tolkuchkka Sunday Market - unbelievable!

Depart: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Arrive: Darvaza, Turkmenistan Overnight: Bushcamp Alex woke me up at 7:50am, I was in a deep sleep and definitely still drunk. My idea of drinking Balthika 9 beer i.e. 9% instead of Balthika 3 beer was obviously not a wise one. I just made it to the truck in time for our 8am departure. We head of to the famous Tolkuchkka Sunday market. Supposedly the finest in Central Asia, rivalling Kashgar in North-West China. Given my state, I had considered staying on the truck. I'm glad I didn't - the market really did...

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Apr 24, 2005 - Ressaca no deserto

Deserto de Karakum, Turcomenistao 50% do grupo estah de ressaca. Atravessar o deserto de ressaca, dentro de um caminhao, nao eh divertido. Posso garantir. Me lembrei de uma das estorias do tio Eder; creio que tenha acontecido em Petropolis. Depois de uma bebedeira entre amigos, puseram o mais inconsciente deles em uma excursao de romeiros para Aparecida do Norte, com dinheiro no bolso soh para agua. Consigo ter uma ideia da cara que fez ao acordar soh de olhar para a cara de meus companheiros... * * * Faz muito calor. Eh a terceira vez que...

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