We never intended to cycle through Turkmenistan.
Instead, we were going to explore Pakistan and China. But visa hurdles sent us through Central Asia at the last minute and so we found ourselves doing the 1-week dash across the eastern corner of Turkmenistan. The restrictive visa timing doesn’t allow for any more (in fact now it’s just a 5 day visa).
We didn’t have much time to linger, but we did enjoy many cafe stops and the ancient wonder of Merv.
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