Category Archives: 土庫曼 Turkmenistan

Day 273: I’m not as stupid as you

more bling bling in ashgabat (see the police standing in the left corner?)

Having had little trouble with the police here, I concluded they actually don’t bother tourists so much. Wrong. As I walked alone to find a washroom, I was stopped by a stupid cop. Had no idea what he was talking about, so explained I was a tourist. Asked for my passport so I showed him. He had no idea what he was looking at or what to look for. So he dispatched his nearby backup to come over. Continued 繼續看…

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第二百七十二天:環保

朋友站在大丸前想前途,我在土國的gas craters旁慨嘆這裡薄弱的環保意識。不知綠色和平過去五十年來有否關注這個不停燒著的天然氣人造crater:源自上世紀五十年代蘇聯時期的科學家氣體考察的「傑作」,這個旅遊書形容為可媲美「鬼門關」的crater內有不滅的火,燒了這麼多年仍生生不息,遠遠都看到其火艷,浪費得過分。然而這國家沒有人著急過地球資源的緊拙,由於儲備深厚,政府免費提供天然氣予國民,但火柴則須自行購買,於是很多平民會24小時開著廚房爐頭以省下買火柴的錢,請問這是甚麼歪理?

如果我懂和他們溝通,真的很想問清楚他們的想法,還有金人像、封閉社會和長期活在擔驚受怕的狀態,不痛苦嗎?我是女生,也會義無反顧地寧可活在伊朗,起碼夠好運和聰明的話我仍會有某程度上的自由,只是,跟土國人談自由,有點對牛彈琴吧?

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Day 272: At the gates of hell

Standing above hell

Woooooaaahohohooo! This is fuckin’ insane! We’re standing above the gates of hell, like a scene out of Lord Of The Rings. The crater before us is a roaring inferno of burning gas. I’ve never seen anything like this and don’t think I ever will! Continued 繼續看…

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Day 270: Entering Virtuality

bling bling!

Craaaaaazy. Of all our border crossings, the transition from Iran to Turkmenistan is the most dramatic. Felt like entering a surreal world as we approached Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital. From the mountains shortly after leaving the border post, we could see the city sprawled out in the distance, white marble and golden domes gleaming under the desert sun. Once inside the city, the surreality only grew. It was like walking into a computer world. Continued 繼續看…

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第二百七十天:我在拉斯維加斯嗎?

當今總統的金人像

嘩!這裡很 bling bling,我們在做夢嗎?

之前看旅遊書已知土庫曼的首都
阿什喀巴得 (Ashgabat) 不是講玩,但我以為極其量只是前總統的金人像罷了,來到才知打造出來的繁華盛世是怎麼樣的一回事,我想起人工搭建而成的杜拜… Continued 繼續看…

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