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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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Why make Kazakhstan the first country on our trip through Asia? Well, Uzbekistan was definitely on the list and since we were going to Central Asia, why not visit another -stan? Kazachtan made it over Kyrgyztan, Turkmenistan and Tadjikstan. Without any obvious reason besides genuine curiousity for this big ans largely unknown ex-Soviet country.
... and on to China. By the way; this was Columbus' incentive in sailing west from Europe. He was looking for a short-cut to Asia to beat the Portuguese to the spices & silk. Initially, the Portuguese seem to have taken the lead, followed by the Dutch and the British, so that by the 17th century they were well entrenched in their new trading posts along the coast of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Being that rather than arriving on their caravans ...
Mankaan Shivana is the name of the ger camp we currently are staying at and for two nights at that. Like a weekend away Nat was joking, or a mini holiday. The drive here without events even though the 'road' was atrocious and the average speed probably 15 at the very most. The other trips had lots of dramas and arrived to the Tsenkher Hot Springs just in time for dinner while we ere here in time for lunch. Group one's ...
... 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.