Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is a bizarre place to visit, which fits right up in my alley. It is one of the least visited capitals in the world, and that has everything to do with the strict visa policy of Turkmenistan. Apart from a few organized group tours, many of the foreigners visiting Turkmenistan are overlanders who arrive by cargo ship from Azerbaijan or cross the country on their way from Iran to Uzbekistan…