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Set off this morning after breakfasting at the hotel. They were very good to us, and made us feel welcome. Gave us a map to show where we could go to get access to an ATM (there are very few in Uzbekistan) and thenn the route north to Kyrgyzstan. Great.
Went to the Dedeman hotel (see previous blog about the Dedeman - but this was a world apart …
(Horsing around in a Big Country)
Kazakhstan finally let us in!! It only took a quick Ten hours at the border crossing. Lazy guards who would rather sleep and play with their IPhones and lots and lots of red tape meant that we spent all day sitting drinking chai in a tiny café wasting day one of the four we had in the country. We ...
We took the night train from Almaty to Shymkent. Since we booked the tickets just a day prior to travel, the only tickets that were available were 1st class sleeper coupe tickets with 4 to a cabin. When we boarded the train late evening, our only co-passenger was Dastan, a young Kazakh lawyer who was traveling to Shymkent to visit his sister. A few years ago Dastan had visited America as part of a 'Work and Travel' exchange program. He proved ...
... known and assumed the position, this time behind three campervans full of Italians! The wheels slowly turned and once again there was plenty of "souvenir" banter. As it happened, we were out the other side and on the road five hours later... easily one of the quicker ones! Maybe you get better with practice..?
We made it to ...
The overnight train trip to Shymkent was fairly uneventful and almost comfortable if it wasn't for the fact the Air-Con only worked when the train was moving rapidly and that wasn’t all that often. So whilst the beds were comfy and our travelling companions pleasant enough – a dad with two cute little girls – we had a hard time sleeping while bathed in our own sweat…
On arrival in Shymkent the taxi drivers immediately tried ******* in our ears ...
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This was probably a good hotel in its day, but its day was long ago.
In western standards this would struggle to rate 2 stars, the rooms are sad, the breakfast looked as if its don e on the basis that if you don t eat it today, you'll get it tomorrow until you do eat it. Juice was thin, pancakes were cold and nothing to go on them, loads of fried eggs, how old are they?
Wifi only works in the foyer, altho there is a signal on the floors, but it doesnt connect
Poor but very expensive
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