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... excited to do such a thing and also do it regularly for my job. Therefore, finding out about new places for us to explore and of course take them to places I have been to, is not a chore but a pleasure.
I am now at that stage that the preparations are complete. All hotels, transfers, activities and restaurant bookings are done and thankfully most are paid for. I am now in the process of finalizing the packing of my Africa/camera bag and the luggage for my next ...
... involved seeking out some decent coffee- we hadn't experienced such a pleasure since Esfahan! The Kazakhs like their caffeine fixes, so it wasn't too difficult to find a cosy cafe. The one chosen by our local guides did the job as the coffee was excellent. However, we were taken aback when the expensive bill arrived. On further investigation of why we were being charged more than advertised, we realised the English menu hadn't been updated to ...
... after one tiny cherry tomato bomb. Having failed to snowboard in Karakol, and being told the mountain was open just outside Almaty, we had grand plans to spend a full day boarding. Unfortunately our plans were scuppered early on. After waiting over an hour for the bus it was deemed pointless to go so we took a cable car up to Kok-Tobe, which was another hilltop view point. Everything up there was closed but it still gave us a good overview of the city, layer of smog and ...
... done. There was one room that contained on gold artifacts that were uncovered by archeologists. There were beautiful pieces of jewelry and gold buttons that were exquisitely carved.
We had lunch at a local restaurant that was very nice. Of course I had Borscht. It is really quite good. After lunch we went to the top of "Green Hill" for an overview of the city. There is also a park at the top with rides for kids and a small zoo for children. ...
... politely tried all that was offered. The distiller was in an adjoining ger where butchered meat was hanging on one wall, a goat's head on another and the 4 hooves lay on a wooden bench next to two pair of traditional boots. What a life style! There was a little boy of 4 who we gave some presents. He was a spitting image of his father I thought. Anyway, after the demonstration of the distiller we were invited back into the main ger where we were asked to try on their ...