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Anyone Been To Turkmenistan?  
User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

As the subject suggests.

I've always wondered what it would be like.

RossBaku  Silly

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User currently offlineSP90 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

What does the "stan" mean in all these names ending with it?

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Quoting SP90 (Reply 1):
What does the "stan" mean in all these names ending with it?

I believe it means land, place, etc. Hopefully someone who actually knows will chip in.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21522 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

Reportedly, it's ruled by a nutcase who thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.

-Mir



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6300 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

-stan means "home of", so in this case it is "Home of the Turkmens"..."Home of the Uzbeks", "Home of the Kyrgyz", etc.

Saparmurat Niyazov, the President of Turkmenistan, is in fact criticized by the West a lot. He's done such things as close libraries and Western style universities in Turkmenistan, changed the alphabet from Cyrillic to a Latin based one, and cut off many ties in foreign policy, including a lot of UN participation.

However, as someone who has a goal of going to every single country in the world (realistic, huh?  Wink) I hope to get there someday!


User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

As far as I know, it is a Turkish tag and yes it means "home of" "land of". In Turkmenistan's case you can say it means where Turkmen people live. Though its "istan" not "stan". In Turkish many country names finish with this tag. Such as:

Yunanistan: Greece
Bulgaristan: Bulgaria
Hýrvatistan: Croatia
Ermenistan: Armenia
Hindistan: India
Gürcistan: Georgia
Mogolistan: Mongolia
Macaristan: Hungary
Suudi Arabistan: Saudi Arabia

plus a few more maybe



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Quoting Rossbaku (Thread starter):
I've always wondered what it would be like.

Me too, I hope I can make it there till 2007. I heard domestic flights are very cheap (a few dollars per flight). The best information (by a Travel Agency) I found so far no Turmenistan in the web is: http://www.stantours.com



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 6):
Me too, I hope I can make it there till 2007. I heard domestic flights are very cheap (a few dollars per flight).

And they are one of the few airlines in the world who flies the B 717 and mainly on domestic routes  Smile One of my very good friends lives there. He says it is a great country to visit.



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User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

Are there no restrictions on foreigners travelling to and from the country? And do you require a minder like, for example, Iran?

RossBaku  Silly


User currently offlineSP90 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 2):
I believe it means land, place, etc. Hopefully someone who actually knows will chip in.



Quoting SW733 (Reply 4):
-stan means "home of", so in this case it is "Home of the Turkmens"..."Home of the Uzbeks", "Home of the Kyrgyz", etc.

I've been told once before long time ago what it meant but I forgot. Thanks guys for refreshing my memory!  Smile

Quoting TurkishWings (Reply 5):
Yunanistan: Greece
Bulgaristan: Bulgaria
H�rvatistan: Croatia
Ermenistan: Armenia
Hindistan: India
G�rcistan: Georgia
Mogolistan: Mongolia
Macaristan: Hungary
Suudi Arabistan: Saudi Arabia

So could the USA be called Americanistan?  Big grin


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17347 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

I'd really like to go there....or anywhere there is a bizarre personality cult (ie N. Korea and Togo until recently). Entry requirements below:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1047.html

You need a letter of invitation from someone in Turkmenistan...I'm sure a travel agency can arrange that.



E pur si muove -Galileo
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