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As it seems that I look quit trustworthy as I did not have too much trouble checking in, as usual I had to separate briefly from my hand luggage, wallet and cellular and because of the recent attacks my MacBook had to be taken out of my bag. Little did they know that I still had my Suunto, wrist computer, on. This is one mean looking watch, the Godzilla of watches, you could easily hide a bomb in it. So far for Dutch security precautions… let’s see how the Germans fare.
Ehhh Frankfurt international airport; how should I phrase it… very efficient, very clean, very… German.
A pitstop in
But that was nothing compared what
Finally at 23:15 local time (CET +3) I set foot on Turkmeni soil.
It was already 01:30 and we were the last ones left with some Italian tourists of whom none knew any English or Russian and an authentic Turkmeen, who tried and succeeded in overtaking me in the queue. You don’t want to start an argument with a Turkmeen who is taller than you at 01:30 in the morning. He kept yelling something to me in Turkmenish or Russian with a fierce expression in his face, that was my trigger to take my loss and let him pass me. Finally I got past the immigration and wasn’t asked for the customs declaration form and could collect my luggage, and when you think it’s all over; you have to form an orderly queue for the luggage inspection officer, which meant more waiting as every piece of luggage had to be opened.
At 02:15 I was officially past the Turkmeni customs, but you never know for sure, and still wasn’t asked for the customs declaration form. All this waiting and filling out forms made me thirsty so I decided to buy 2 bottles of water, in my best Turkmenish = bad English, for USD1, but I didn’t have a smaller note than USD20. Official rate is USD1 for 5200 Manat, I think I got over 500.000 Manat in change. So either they made a mistake or I’m being scammed for a few dollars. Tomorrow we will go to