Travel Blogs from Almaty
Late start again and that was probably good for 'the young ones' who had a disco and karaoke going. Local high flying officials arrived latish and kept us awake with drunken noises. Apparently vomiting and using the women's toilet part of their repertoire too. Pretty cold night with water bottles laying about outside frozen solid and a clearly visible frost. Slept ok after a passionate start of the night. ...
... was camel, hump and all. He sales lady drew a picture of a camel to show us what we were buying. kilos with a slice of the hump thrown in for less than $4. Veggies much more expensive but we bought a lot of potatoes, tomatoes and capsicums. Very fresh of course but nit a great variety. All we need though. To the supermarket thereafter to buy sandwich meat and canned stuff. Not much of a choice at all but Mark agonising while i was impatient and just wanted to ...
... one so we thought we would have to sleep on the floor. When we came back later though the aunt had been there and created a 'double bed' out f that lounge. Still a lounge though eg no mattress. It really was like indoor camping. The hope for the day was to go hiking in the mountains but it became one of theses travelling days when things don't work out. We caught a bus, we caught a minivan, we changed to another absolutely crammed full standing room only minivan and at ...
... was of course dubious as I did not know him or know where I was. Eventually he got me a taxi and paid the driver in local currency and refused to take any money from me even though I offered him US dollars, he said it would be his pleasure. Its nice to see that such generosity still exists in todays modern world.
Overall a great experience in central Asia with no problems what so ever it was all very easy, hopefully I will be back maybe next time to Uzbekistan.
... a a size difference between the 2 cities with Almaty being quite alot larger. Coming through the suburbs you you also notice how ex soviet block the buildings are. Almaty has more of an edgier side to it than Bishkek and the Kryzg people seem to be friendly in Bishkek from my observations. There is also a lot larger Russian population in Almaty compared to Bishkek.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Zhetysu Almaty
a creapy soviet-style hotel, that has maybe been once a nice one. But now that's only a leftover of an old wealthy era. It's maybe the only cheap place to stay in Almaty (10 euros/person/night if you ask for the "hostel").
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