Rixos President Astana Hotel
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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This is my last stop, visiting more friends whom I know through work. It's great having them show me around. They live in a surprisingly spacious apartment in a building built by the Soviets in the 90's, so another inside look at life here.
Astana became the 'new ' capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, moved from Almaty by the strong-man president because it was more central to the Kazakh and Russian populations, and less ...
... rousing game of UNO allowed a few team members to meet another patron, while the more introverted took a quieter break. Later this afternoon we'll be going to look at the concert venues.
We continue to covet your prayers, especially as we finalize our schedule, prepare for the concerts and adjust to our jet lag. But we've already seen God working and we can't wait to see what else he will do!
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 ...
... So after only 1 night we decided to move on towards Kulunda, the Russian side of the Russian to Kazakh border. We arrived at around 4.30 and thought we drive to the border to see what time they opened the next day. Once there we greeted with open arms and much to our surprise after only 30 minutes we were in Kazakhstan!!
What a contrast to our previous experience.
Since nobody wanted to sit in the car any longer we stopped in the middle of ...
... 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 ...