Today i have seen: 350 miles of desert. Camels. A man carrying a sheep while riding a motorbike. Temperatures in the 40s. Russian dumplings and "turkmen cola". The world’s biggest flagpole. And Ashgabat, a totally insane collection of pristine white tower blocks, like a life size plaster cast of new york dumped in the desert. The buildings are intricate and elaborate, the architecture totally bonkers. Baku was a shock, and totally at odds with the rest of azerbaijan, but turkmenistan is even emptier and ashgabat is even odder.