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YAPYK by Marjolein Katsma

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This was Plan A. But…

Yapyk means “closed” in Turkmen (they helpfully provide an English translation, but I knew that). And altyn asyr means “the golden age”, as can be deduced from this official turkmen website (hint: note heading, then switch to English).

So what do you do when the Tapestry Museum is closed? Take a picture, and then switch to Plan B, a visit to the Botanical garden.

I’d been to the Tapestry Museum in Ashgabat once, and really want to visit it another time: it’s really awesome and very interesting. But this is the second time I found it closed… Opening times are not posted, and seem to vary.

There’s something really wacky about this door. Note how the handles are not at the same height. The weird double reflections (two sheets of glass but not parallel at all!) make a nice match. I also liked the combination of the “YAPYK” sign and the reflections of the building on the opposite street corner (that building used to have a huge portrait of Mr. Turkmenbashy, but both that, and he, are history now). There’s also a vague (equally double) reflection of me taking this shot – so since I always try to take a self portrait when traveling: check!

Taken in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 2009
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • Berns
    Bernsover 4 years ago

    Great Hon! Love the reflections!

  • Glad you like it! Thanks for the comment and fave, Berns!

    It’s sort of symbolic for Turkmenistan and especially Ashgabat – everything is a little bit weird (and some things are a lot weird)! But I do love this city, weirdness included, and the people are very friendly.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeover 4 years ago

    Hoi Marjolein,leuke foto en ook de weerspiegeling van jezelf…toppie!!
    Fijne dag
    Groetjes Johanna

  • Dankje, Johanna!

    Dit was zo’n situatie van “rare deur, leuke foto!” ;)
    Ook een fijne dag, nog!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Wonderful reflection

  • Thank you kalaryder!

    I liked the double reflections that were not even parallel, and how they mixed with the sign on the door. Somehow, this is “very Ashgabat”. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • lucin
    lucinover 4 years ago

    I have so enjoyed looking at this collection with your great descriptions. I feel I have been on an outing to the unknown. Thank you. Lovely work.

  • Thank you lucin for wandering through my portfolio; your visit and comment are highly appreciated!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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