I woke reasonably early but took my time getting ready, my explorations in the morning took me in search of the all allusive postcard, having not seen a single one on my travels in Central Asia so far I wasn't holding my breath. I looked in all the likely shops including a large supermarket, my … Continue reading Off to Uzbekistan
To stay in Kazakhstan 5 or more days you have to register although its not the easiest solution as the registration office is only open limited hours on limited days, of is meant to be free but travellers often get charged a "registration" fee. Too avoid queuing and potentially not being able to register I … Continue reading Bishkek and back
After a much required lie in I spent most of the morning sorting my stuff out and planning some more for Uzbekistan and how to get there. At about 12 I went for lunch and then onto the Uzbek Embassy for 1430 (it opens at 1500). When I arrived there was already dozens of people … Continue reading More fun at the Uzbekistan Embassy
I arrived back at Almaty bus station at 0530 and after establishing that there were very few busses at this hour I decided to walk back into the centre. Other than stretching my legs properly for the first time in hours I was also fortunate enough to watch the sunrise whilst on my hour and … Continue reading Almaty again
From the Kyrgy/Kazakh border it took around 5 hours to get to Shymkent, a large town in SE Kazakhstan (bus 1), I then searched around and quickly found a bus heading to Turkistan (2), about 3 hours north. There I was hoping to find some more impressive architecture, this time of a more historical nature. … Continue reading 6 busses in a day
It was a slow morning today, started with a complimentary breakfast of bread and eggs with a coffee before chilling and reading. The girls were going back to Almaty today so the 3 of us went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant (recommended by one of their friends) where I had a chicken burrito. … Continue reading Bishkek to the border
(This post wasnt published due to poor wifi, it fits in sequencially between 'Visa fun' and 'Bishkek to the border') I gave myself a lie in until 0800 and then walked a few blocks to one of the main roads to catch a bus which would take me to the long distance bus terminal. I … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan hospitality
Having failed to get an Uzbekistan visa in the UK my sole goal today was to get one today, or at least apply for one. I had read to get there early because there is a sheet where you write your name down and get served in order. My alarm went off at 0630 and … Continue reading Visa fun..