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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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... to do and see. Lots of pages of notes are taken, travel channel constantly in the background on the tv, emails written, places googled and videos watched to see if the potential is there and to let the travel juices start to flow in anticipation. As my plan starts to take shape I normally trust the experts on the ground in the different countries I travel to help me with ...
... all efforts were made to furnish us with our own room, which we were lucky enough to get.
Once settled, we ventured out for the evening. The next revelation was the availability of a functioning ATM! All we could wish for now was a trip to a fully supplied restaurant with decent service and voilą, our prayers were answered. The boys brought us to a renowned eaterie with gorgeous traditional interior. However we noticed, as we browsed the ...
... our meal we watched Gino's and Jim's photos from their West Africa trip of last year. Looked extremely exciting. So of the beaten track that he trip is not run any more! Dinner was a barbaric one where we ate with our fingers. Huge chunks of meat which were torn from the bone by our bare teeth. Interesting cultural experience but not a gastronomic one. Not at all! Great day and the ger visit such a fantastic and unique experience. How lucky we are to get to see these kind of ...
... 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.