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  1. Turkmenistan Derweze Gas Crater

    "Pit of Hell"

  2. Turkmenistan Dinosaur Footprints

    Beautiful Kopetdag! Dinosaur Footprints!

  3. Turkmenistan Türkmenbaşy mosque in the morning

    During training I lived in a village next to Türmenbaşy metjit (mosque), a huge building reputed to have the tallest minarets in Central Asia.  People didn't go there often, but it was certainly always in view.  It was always stunning to have this in sight every morning, a grand (or intimidating depending on the day) view as I headed to language training every morning.  The only people in the streets at that time are students headed to school.

  4. Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Kurban Bayram

    Turkmen have an interesting tradition for Kurban Bayram (the feast of the sacrifice) where they will swing on giant swings. It is said that if you swing a certain number of times on the swing during the 3 days of Kurban Bayram an angel will come and take away your sins. 

  5. Turkmenistan Families

    My family visiting my permanent site host family.

  6. Turkmenistan Dancing Queen

    My two year old "host niece" busting a move at her uncle's wedding. 

  7. Turkmenistan Homecoming

    Women welcoming a new bride into their family. These women are leading the new "gelin" (bride) into her new home with her in laws. 

  8. Turkmenistan Ashgabat City At Night

    Although they don't have much in the way of traffic now, the capital city is well prepared with wide roads and street lamps for when that day finally comes. Flying into the city at night, the colorful array of lights is quite impressive.

  9. Turkmenistan Turkmen Friends

    This is one of my favorite photos. I snapped it while walking home after class with some of my advance students. These girls became my friends, teaching me about the lives of young women in Turkmenistan. During a recent phone call with my host family I found out that one of these girls just got married. On the one hand I'm a little sad: just 19 years old, she's been trying to pass the university entrance exams for several years, and by getting married it seems she's probably given up; on the ...

  1. Turkmenistan Teke Turkmen Bash Salmak

    This is a tradition that Teke women do after they have a wedding. The married women and single girls from the groom's family will wrestle for the new bride's womanhood. As you can see it gets pretty intense! Also, don't mess with Dayzas... they are strong women! 

  2. Turkmenistan A Turkmenistan Wedding Movie

    Turkmen weddings, or Toys, are not to be missed. Seriously. Even my COS date was commented upon not because I was leaving (perhaps never to return) but because it meant I would miss my cousin's wedding. They are the social event of the week, although even in some small villages, you may have 2 or 3 other Toys to attend that same week...  Preparations for Toys are often more intensive than the Toys themselves, and everyone gets involved.  This collection of videos is from a small village out...

  3. Turkmenistan "Yesterday" in Turkmenistan

    This was for an open lesson in the village of Bereket.  Open lessons are classes where all the English teachers (and supervisors) in the village must attend, and it's followed by a forum where teachers rate and discuss the lesson.  These are the times where teachers must put out their very best lessons.   I aided all of the teachers in lesson planning, and thought what better way than to incorporate a famous English song by our beloved Beatles into the lesson.  After this, songs included...

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