July 12, 2019
My original hare-brained scheme had been to cross from Afghanistan to Turkmenistan by land but the finicky Turkmenistan visa proved elusive. I figured Herat would be the place to do some fact-finding and had even found someone who lived in Torghundi. Yes, the border is open for Afghans and Turkmens he told me, but the road unsafe. He wasn’t sure if the border was open for foreigners. It is just as well, since I have no visa. So here I am in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Word on the traveler grapevine is that the Turkmenistan embassy in Tashkent has lately been more productive than others.
Application for a transit visa completed, fingers and toes crossed, I now have to cool my heels for a couple of weeks. Certainly no hardship in Uzbekistan; I plan to re-visit some of the favorite places. And hope to uncross my fingers to good news.