Royal Tulip Almaty
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Another day, another Stan. Which also means another death defying shared taxi or mini bus journey. Picking up our passports and Kazakh VISA was no problem so at least our day started off on the right food. We then headed straight to the bus/taxi depot. Had to wait about 45 min until we had enough people on board to go but once we were on the road it was smooth sailing. There were no near misses and our driver seemed immuned to the usual F1 tendencies. Crossing the border was ...
... clothes used for special occasions. John was helped into his outfit ( deel) by the man of the house with his cigarette dangling from the mouth and the women was helped by the woman of the ger. Great photo opportunities and all done in such good jest. Absolutely wonderful experience for us. When we left addresses were exchanged so that we could forward photos we had taken. John and I took a slightly different walk home to avoid the very strong head wind. We walked through ...
Again up at six and away at seven. This time we drove further than 4 minutes. More like an hour and it was a welcome stop. John and his group made scrambled eggs and lots of toast. Tasty but sloppy! Pretty cold still and we kept rugged up. I had three cups of coffee in my cup that i bought in UB. Drinking coffee from plastic mugs is horrible! Bought a wine glass too because wine and plastic not great either! The cup from IKEA!! A ...
After a rather lazy morning splurging on Nutella and Kazakh bread we head off to the market to check out the local scene. The Bazar was a lot bigger than we expected. Selling all sorts of things from fast food (corn cobs, hot dogs, popcorn), to fruit and veg, clothing, shoes and accessories.
Whilst the people at the market were still dressed nicely they didn't seem to have the same kind of ...
... is next to nothing except in the parks and in the parks it is a bit untouched except for the flowers. My favorite park was the Zenkov Cathedral. It is an Old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made completely out of wood. Even the nails were made out of wood! It was not a tall cathedral but pretty impressive and situated in Paniflov Park. A lot of the Central Asia countries have a Paniflov Park. This ...