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Great luciola 2010-03-11 0:15

Hello Hendrik,
Beautiful POV, interesting colors. Where are the people, dogs, cars, bicycles, where is life?
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Lucja

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Old 03-11-2010, 03:25 PM
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Dear Luciola,

well, when you are looking for streelife, Turkmenistan is probably not the place you'd go to find it. Because all aspects of daily life are watched by omnipresent police, security services, secret service and the military, because distances between those new appartment and office buildings, governmental palaces and parks are vast and most buildings are mere facades, there is little, if any, streetlife. Very little traffic is on those new roads or in fact anywhere in Turkmenistan (loads of travel restrictions prevent people from traveling a lot. The country's biggest and second biggest city are connected by a train, one flight and a couple of busses daily - which is as busy as a connection between to places can possibly get). So between towns there is little traffic and in towns, well, there is little need to travel a lot, so the streets are empty. And because distances are huge, temperatures devastating in both, winter and summer, there is little interest ti visit parks the size of a small town. Especially, when there are ten such parks in a city of 500.000 - all people could be out visiting the parks at once and they'd still seem to be rather empty.
I hope that answers some of your questions. Keeping a very low profile is part of a survival strategy - that answers the rest :-)
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