Rixos President Astana Hotel
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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 ...
We left Ulgii on June 3rd on our way to Russia. Our visa started on the 1st of June but that was Mothers-and-children-day in Russia and the second June was Sunday ( borders closed) so this was our first opportunity. We said goodbye to Bek and his tribe and drove to the border. Mongolia out took about 2 and Russia in took about 6 hrs because we had to unpack the whole trailer, put all the luggage through a X-ray machine and then repack it all. So after a ...
... of town, with a mall on the doorstep and a short walk to most of the city's attractions. First up was a visit to a huge modern yurt (traditional Kazakh tent) called Khan Shatyr with a mall inside and a system to keep the temp constant at 22degs year round - with an outside temp that varies between -30 and 35. Our next challenge was to get our visas registered in order to avoid fines at the border. This turned out to be a real mission! Initially a lady ...
... with the cost of an additional hotel night, and the purchase of a new one-way ticket home. Hopefully his travel insurance will cover some or all of this unfortunate loss.
Those of us who stayed an extra day have booked our guide and a mini-van for a four-hour tour today. We visit a few museums and exhibits that we didn't see yesterday, and have the chance to go inside the big "leaning tent" building. I get a lot of the work of closing the ...
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