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On day 2 we woke to no running water in the room but as the scouts always say 'Be Prepared' so I reached deep into my bag and produced wet wipes. Since I'd spent most of my teenage years out hiking with no access to showers I knew the extreme benefit of always carrying these bad boys with me.
We weren't …
The day had finally arrived.
We were off on our Central Asia Adventure with our first stop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. We'd spent months planning this trip from organising the visas (very hard when 2 of the countries didn't have consulates in Hong Kong), to the special GBAO permit (our travel agent had never heard of) that we'd need to travel …
Landing into Almaty you could make out the snow capped mountains to the south and the city below. Landing at the airport was a very straight forward afair and I was through immirgration in very little time. After being hounded by a few taxi drivers and getting offered 10,000 I managed to organise a taxi for 3,000 to take me to my hotel.
... to the hostel that evening, we met the other guests and were surprised to meet Ofir and Slava, also from Israel, who were friends of Mor and Ofer and had actually trekked with them in Karakol. They had planned a longer vacation and were therefore spending more time in Almaty. So we were happy to exchange notes with them. Also Slava spoke some Russian so served as translator between all of us and our hosts at the hostel.
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... officials, but there was a lot of friendliness from the young mother and her two small kids and the Galinas, who along with me made up our four bed compartment. Actual clean sheets were handed out and everyone got into bed fairly quickly. Spent most of the day in bed on the train but got up for a lovely lunch the Galinas provided. Such kind people. I arrived at the station and am now having culture shock at a five star hotel, where I will be joined shortly by a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTurkestan Hotel 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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