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... and dad have bought all of their “pack for a purpose” items, gifts for our guides when we are in Kenya/Tanzania, first aid/medicines for a 12 week odyssey and had all the shots necessary plus more. We are on the final countdown which is when it all becomes a reality and the pleasure and suspense is tingling whenever one thinks about it.
My last minute thing is to organize our Kazakhstan visa on arrival. Thankfully, the Kazakh government has introduced last ...
... new' prices.
Anyway, no sleep was lost over the coffee that had cost as much as lunch! A relaxing evening back at the hostel followed, before we headed out for a cheap and cheerful buffet dinner around the corner. Since Nicole was leaving us the following day, we decided we should experience some of the Kazakh nightlife in her honour. The boys brought us to a 'sports bar', where we drank the night away via pitchers of beer, cocktails and shots ...
... On getting back down we saw the elusive bus had arrived so we climbed aboard and headed up to a place called Medeu, some 30 minutes away. The bus stops at a huge outside ice rink which is famed for having many professional skaters train at. Not wanting to practice our Torvill & Dean we walked to the cable car and caught that up to the ski resort of Chimbulak. Turns out it didn't matter that we didn't have time for boarding as the bloody slopes weren't open anyway. ...
... interesting thing is that there is a bronze statue there from the sister city of Almaty, Tucson. It is really attractive with saguaro cactus and other native plants of the southwest.
Tonight we fly back to Moscow for 4 days. There will be quite a change in the weather as the temperature in Moscow is about 4 degrees C. Fortunately we have cold weather gear that we left at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow for tomorrow's trip to Suzdal and Vladimir.
After a rather lazy morning splurging on Nutella and Kazakh bread we head off to the market to check out the local scene. The Bazar was a lot bigger than we expected. Selling all sorts of things from fast food (corn cobs, hot dogs, popcorn), to fruit and veg, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Whilst the people at the market were still dressed nicely they didn't seem to have the same kind of ...