Renaissance Aktau Hotel
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Although Atyrau is very close to the Caspian Sea, we are not right on the Sea. In fact we have not yet driven to the Caspian from Atyrau, and I don't know what kind of port there might be, if any, at the mouth of the Ural River. Having said that, Aktau is a Kazakh city right on the Caspian Sea. We had an opportunity to visit Aktau in October 2014 when we traveled to Baku, Azerbaijan for our fall break.
We flew to Aktau on Friday, October ...
... we went straight to the airport by taxi.
We were impressed by how modern (and how far, in the middle of nowhere) the international airport was. We met a nice representative form Bombardier, former pilot and now technical advisor, who assured Sally (who was a little nervous about taking this badly reputed SCAT airline) that we were –hopefully- not going to crash.
After a big sleep in the plane and a nice ride, we arrived safely at the international airport of ...
... in the absurd. All sitting in their nice glassed cubicle booths 2metres apart, if you would think there would be some sort of logical sequence, there wasn't.
Basically the process was, get a piece of paper from one bloke, visit the military bird (stamp), go pay the port fee at the cashier (stamp), visit the first bloke again (stamp), go to the customs bloke, get sent away to get photocopies, return to be ignored for 30mins and then receive the ...
Leaving behind the strange city of Aktau and also the Caspian Sea left me with a mixture of feelings. I was excited to be truly back on the road but Konstantin hadn't really told me anything about the journey, how long, is there anywhere to get food, will we be stopping to sleep etc. We just set off through a desert-like scenery of oil pipes and dead end roads. The roads seemed smooth enough but this was a false sense of security, I didn't know it at the time. The Koktem ...
I woke up believing that today would be my last day in this city and although I quite liked the place, I wasn’t all that upset to be leaving. I knew that the first part of the Kazakh phase of my trip was going to be tough travelling and I wanted to get some of that out of the way so I could spend a bit of time at the Aral Sea, the mountains, Astana, and Almaty.Zulfira and I went to a strange museum about the Mangistau region which Aktau is in. I was charged 400 ...