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Excellent breakfast, then I welcomed the late check out allowed time for a little walk and time in the fitness center, trying to work off the pastries ! Woeful lack if exercise.
Geo Ex had arranged my transfer to the airport.... And then I was on my own.
Airports here aren't nearly as well marked. Of course it would help to speak the language, and I get lazy following a guide around. It takes a while to learn how it's done in a very different place. Like ...
... Northeastern Massachusetts that has been traveling since she and her husband got married 50+ years ago. If there is one thing to remember Margery by, it’s her questions. She is the “why” person of the group. Margery still does chin-ups on the tour bus’ grab bars at the age of 78.
Then of course, there is our guide, Andar. Andar is a super-nice guy from Samarqand, Uzbekistan, not far from where are right now. He is well ...
Another day, another Stan. Which also means another death defying shared taxi or mini bus journey. Picking up our passports and Kazakh VISA was no problem so at least our day started off on the right food. We then headed straight to the bus/taxi depot. Had to wait about 45 min until we had enough people on board to go but once we were on the road it was smooth sailing. There were no near misses and our driver seemed immuned to the usual F1 tendencies. Crossing the border was ...
... for the season of ice-skating. We then went to an interesting all wooden orthodox cathedral, Zhenkov Cathedral. It was very brightly painted and the interior was beautiful.
We also saw a beautiful monument to the soldiers from Kazakhstan that fought in the "Great Patriotic War" under the leadership of Panfilov.
We are now at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in our room. Tonight we will get to sleep in our non-moving beds. Hurrah!!!
... tomorrow morning, at the Orkhon river. Empty as we pitched the tents but within five minutes a huge herd of goats and sheep arrived. So funny! Like that every time. Always some herd of something coming. The goats have now been replaced by horses which have come down for their evening drink. A beautiful day today in terms of weather but as soon as the sun sets it gets really cold. Waiting for dinner and a big open fire ...