Radisson SAS Hotel
Travel Blogs from Astana
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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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool