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Thank you all so much for your prayers for safe travel. God was gracious and we arrived with all our luggage (19 bags!) and a minimum of discomfort from airplane food and leg space. :)
We fell into bed around 1:30am Kazakhstan time, had a leisurely morning, and left around noon for a quick drive tour of downtown before heading to Eigilik coffee shop to meet Alexey's co-laborer, Martha ...
... start to take for granted, the willingness of people to try and help you despite the language problem. The number of birds of prey they soar above you all day long. The beautiful scenery and sometimes crowded but mainly empty roads. All in all a good day the positives out way the negatives, only about 1500 miles to ullanbater and about 800 miles to western Mongolian ...
... waiting and filling in Russian paperwork we drove for a few more hours to Onguday, a small village in a lovely mountainous area. We found a hotel with a hot shower and a flush toilet so that lifted our spirits. The next morning we strolled through the village and set of to Barnaul, about 600 km north west through again beautiful Russian country side. Barnaul is quite the Russian town with long rows of apartment buildings and rather boring ...
... Zelandiya the provodnik (conductor) lightened up and seemed a lot more helpful and patient in explaining things after that. By the end if the first day on the train we realised we had made probably our first big error of the trip: we hadn't brought enough food. All the online reviews about the Trans-Siberian had mentioned there were 20min stops every 4hrs but this wasn't the Trans-Siberian and when we did stop, the platforms were often completely ...
... with the cost of an additional hotel night, and the purchase of a new one-way ticket home. Hopefully his travel insurance will cover some or all of this unfortunate loss.
Those of us who stayed an extra day have booked our guide and a mini-van for a four-hour tour today. We visit a few museums and exhibits that we didn't see yesterday, and have the chance to go inside the big "leaning tent" building. I get a lot of the work of closing the ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service