Waiting for Caspian

The Caspian Sea (AzerbaijaniXəzər dəniziPersian: دریای مازندران /دریای خزر‎, Russian: Каспийское море, Kazakh: Каспий теңізі, Turkmen:Hazar deňizi) is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea


Spot the boat competition
















And it appears our intrepid voyagers are seeing rather more of it than they intended.

Simon has called Susan (by satellite phone due to lack of on-board WiFi, or even Turkmenistani mobile phone signal) to explain that they are all well – but are currently waiting for a berth at the port at Turkmenbashi so that they can disembark. They will then subsequently need to rush out of Turkmenistan before their visas expire, possibly limiting the opportunities to update this blog.

Which is pretty much as Bob commented on the earlier post:

“The ship safely arrived Turkmenbashi but apparently was unable to berth (this is common apparently as space is limited). The Bikers are hoping to get off today (26th), making sure that they dont overstay in Turkmenistan will be their next problem as i believe they only have a 5 day visa.

Good luck to them”

We’ll update this when we hear more – if Simon or Dave are not able to themselves. And hopefully let you know they are back on dry land with bikes and the van all accounted for.


3 thoughts on “Waiting for Caspian

  1. In fact – according to this – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkmen_cuisine they may well get to enjoy some Plov:

    “Plov (pilaf) is the staple, everyday food, which is also served at celebrations. It consists of chunks of mutton, carrots and rice fried in a large cast-iron cauldron similar to a Dutch oven.”

    I just doubt it will be as good as the one Susan cooked.

  2. Thanks for the update Ben, was getting a bit concerned that they would be circling the Caspian Sea at the mercy of some unscrupulous captain demanding huge bribes to dock them!

  3. Hopefully their 5day visa will commence when they actually land and go through customs/ immigration that is unless the visa has a departure date already written on it.


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