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TravelPod Member ReviewsTurkestan Almaty
Clean Room with a lovely balcony. Staff were able to drive us to the airport for an ok fee. Located near food stores and a lovely park. No running hot water though.
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... slight differences in fashion and demeanour; the population seemed to be quite evenly split between Kazakhs and Russians; the average skin tone was a lot browner, but I saw not a single black person in our three day stay. Having read about the tensions over the last few decades between the two predominant ethnic groups, it did appear that whilst there was no palpable tension, mingling was minimal.
B: On reaching 'base camp' at Chimbulak, we ...
... which meant I wouldn't have to pull out the wallet for all the little extras except of course the "obligatory" tip.
I was very impressed with Jacqui who has not only assisted me with great ideas for the trip but also been proactive in listening to some of my questions and trying to help me with possibilities of seeing what I wanted. Jacqui also has been patient with some of my requests concerning my camera equipment, to be with likeminded safari goers ...
... to Almaty or brave the weather, get soaked and try to hitch a ride r negotiate payment from one at the restaurant which w knew was near by. We stayed in our shelter for about an hour and when we stuck our heads out the rain had eased to just a drizzle. How lucky but we could hear a bit of rumbling and didn't count our chicken. Made it back to the restaurant dry and John tried tog a ride from there. They wanted an outrageous amount of money so we took our faith in our ...
... different bus, in about 30 minutes.
The drive to Almaty is about three hours from the border through some of the most beautiful terrain. There are fields of poppies, lavender and other flowers – all backed by the high mountains in Kyrgyzstan.
Traffic in Almaty is horrible, so we don't reach our lunch place ...
... for pick-up. Also worth mentioning, is that we were offered a most delicious lunch in the cafe attached to the workshop. Deep fried eggplant and tomato, some warm potato salad with sausage (like Lauantaimakkara, for those of us who know what im talking about) and Michael also had a Borscht. All served with Georgian lemonade, which we hope to find at a store to make Radlers with.
Anyway sooner or later the crew declares that the car is done. As seems to be the case ...