Radisson Hotel, Astana
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Thank you all so much for your prayers for safe travel. God was gracious and we arrived with all our luggage (19 bags!) and a minimum of discomfort from airplane food and leg space. :)
We fell into bed around 1:30am Kazakhstan time, had a leisurely morning, and left around noon for a quick drive tour of downtown before heading to Eigilik coffee shop to meet Alexey's co-laborer, Martha ...
Hard work getting up today, partly because I lost two hours yesterday traveling through two time zones and second because it just seemed a bit ground hog day. The hills have disappeared replaced with soft rolling climbs over plains. The road are quick B type roads but very bumpy and didn't do my knees any favours. It was also a day of firsts. BAD. 1 First time I forget ...
... sign because we were cut off by a very angry police man. After handing over my drivers licence and car rego papers he took of not to be seen for at least 30 minutes. When he returned I was asked to join him in his car and the anticipated bargaining started. His English was as good as my Russian so we had a hard time understanding each other. He first wanted to give me a fine of 180.000 Tenge ( AUSD 180,-) but I showed him my (previously emptied) ...
... away to look for a tourism agency to do it for us, but we could only find one that did it for Turks. The second time the registration office told us we needed a letter from Jane's employer - a local university, so sent us away again. The second day we had help from a colleague of Jane's, Gulzhanat who helped us locate and fill out the correct forms to finally get the 'registratsiya'. I don't know how we would have managed to sort this out by ...
... in my room after the tour, and prepare for a 1:30am departure to the airport. There are five of us flying Lufthansa to Frankfurt, and I have a quick connection to my Chicago-bound flight.
Creating the tour evaluation form gave me a chance to review everything we have done in the past three weeks, and I have to say it is amazing. I hope the group members agree, and I look forward to returning to these parts in the future. Thanks for traveling along with ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool