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Have you ever wondered what it might feel like, being the last man on earth? Well, if you ever get the chance to visit Turkmenistan, take a stroll around the capital city, Ashgabat (Pop.: 500.000).

Endless (and I mean endless!) roads without any traffic as far you can see and as long as you can wait.

Endless lines of fountains (in a country where average annual precipitation amounts similar to Las Vegas or the northern Sahara) along those roads.

An infinite number of posh office towers, mostly covered in white marble.

Vast parks (the one being currently under construction will be bigger than Hyde Park in London).

Vast empty spaces between separate buildings and roads with a width of up to 150 m...

Once you've been walking around those roads for a while, not seeing a single pedestriant, you might start to wonder, who, after all, this was all built for. And walking through those parks and fountains a bit longer, starting to feel very lonely, with noone to talk to and you are getting dizzy, with the sun burning your head ... it's not difficult to imagine, all that was built for you. Yes, for you, alone!

Do imagine that! You know, you'll be on your way to insanity by then, but so what? Possibly being the sole surviver on earth, insanity is completely acceptable and after that day in Ashgabt it really isn't hard to imagine ... being the Last Man on Earth.

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  • Copyright: Hendrik Last Name (Clipper) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 56] (93)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-05-09
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.3, 1/800 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-03-07 10:06
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