Renaissance Aktau Hotel
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We got the "rise 'n' shine" yell pretty early this morning. I rose, but definitely wasn't shining. We were in Aktau so it was time to jump on the ol' Kazakh courtesy bus and head to immigration. As with most of these things, nothing happens quickly, so it was morning nap time.
The process which then followed was one of the most ludicrous and frustrating of my life. Customs, ...
We arrived in Aktau after a 3 hour red-eye flight on Sunday morning. Aktau....oh my. To put it mildly, this place was quite lacking in charm. Or, I could also call it a lifeless pile of cinder blocks on the edge of the Caspian sea.
Dry, flat, bleak, colorless, windy Aktau. I'm glad we only stayed long enough to work the exhibition in the hotel, partly because of the uninspiring surroundings, and partly because the dark hallways and patterned ...
... joskin menneen ajan glooria on enaa muisto vain. Pollyavassa hiekassa
rapistuvat Breznevilaisen arkkitehtuurin helmet ovat mielenkiintoisessa
ristiriidassa valkean hiekan ja turkoosin veden kanssa. Matalasta
rantavededesta pilkottaa vanhoja laiturirakennelmia ja roskaa, etenkin
lasinsiruja, lojuu kaikkialla.
Aktau odottaa kuitenkin uutta tulemistaan. Kommunisti kolhooseja on
alettu maalata pastellivarein, ...
... walked out onto any street in London. Although this has put me off the idea of ever enetering an Irish pub again in London as i fear I may enter some sort of gateway and end up walking back outonto the streets of Aktau.
After scoping out the local hotels and discovering the cheapest room was 80pounds we made the fastest decision yet, to get the train out of there. Twenty four hours more on the train, another day with out a shower (to add to the 4 days it had already ...
... Irish pubs and decrepid monuments to the soviet era only one word really comes to describe this place a 'hole'. Aktau is essentially a cross between Elephant and castle and a bad seaside resort on the edge of the desert. In truth I love the ridiculousness of the place. Were it not for oil this place would have been left derelict and empty after the fall of communism, in the smae way many other towns have been in the former soviet union. However bizarre it is, Aktau buzzes ...