Last city, Turkmenabat

Turkmenabat, formerly known as Charjou (Чарджуи) in the Soviet days. It is the 2nd largest city in Turkmenistan after Ashgabat. We had a mission in Turkmenabat – to look for Chinese people in the city. It was 8/Feb, the eve of our Chinese New Year when we rode into the city.
(Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05)

Serdar, the English teacher from Mary who stopped to offer his help during our previous encounter with the 3 robbers on the desert road. We eventually met him again in Turkmenabat, in the Turkish High school where he teaches English. Only 23, he just started teaching for a year. Eager to polish his English, he hopes to go to England for sometime. However, he is ‘tied’ down in Turkmenistan as he is already married and has a 1 year old daughter.

Gulham making manty in her kitchen

With the Aydogdyyeu family in their 2-stories house. Coincidentally, the children of grandpa Tanry were visiting him and there was quite a feast prepared for the occasion. Since it was also the eve of our Chinese New Year that day, the dinner was even more meaningful, our version of a ‘reunion dinner’.

The manty from Gulham, filled with mutton.

That is how the locals make the flowery patterns on their choret before baking them in the tamdyr

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