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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Photos from Turkmenistan

Ashgabat -- The golden statue of President Niyazov (Turkmenbashi) on top of the Arch of Neutrality.

Ashgabat -- A larger shot of the whole Arch of Neutrality. Supposedly the three-legged base is supposed to represent the stability of the Turkment cooking pot.

Ashgabat -- If I were a dictator, I'd have a massive copy of my book in my capital city like Niyazov does in Berzengi!

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan -- There seems to be two ways to get places in Turkmenistan: camel or Lada.

Ashgabat -- Despite the cult around Niyazov, a small statue of Lenin remains in Ashgabat.

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan -- A traditional yurt, a large round tent found across Central Asia.

Khiva, Uzbekistan -- A telpek, the traditional Turkmen hat made out of wool over a skull cap.

Khiva, Uzbekistan