Kazakhstan update


Kazakhstan has been a country of extremes, extreme temperatures, extreme frustration and extreme kindness. The temperature has cooled a little now, I think the hot weather in the UK has probably come across Europe from here. Our frustration is partly that we cannot get our Mongolian visa in Astana and we will have to travel to Almaty  1500km in the wrong direction and back into the heat only to return this way to enter Russia. We were told by several people to check that the Embassy hadnt moved to Astana as many have recently.  When we first came here we found the embassy area and asked around, we were told by a policeman that the Mongolian embassy opened on the 8th July and that we should come back then.  We went back this morning to where we had been shown and there was a promising looking crowd of people and a long wait. Whilst in the queue I happened to ask a lady that I heard speaking english is this the Mongolian embassy ?
 I am glad that I checked because it turned out that it was the new Russian embassy and the Mongolian one is still in Almaty. Ho Hum
This said we have grown to love Kazakhstan despite the fact that its beaurocracy can be infuriating at times its people are amongst the kindest we have met. We have been given food, hospitality,and help from complete strangers who ask nothing in return.
We met Alexander in the street a couple of days ago and since then he has introduced us to his family and friends, given us a guided tour of the city and treated us to dinner in his restaurant all because of a chance meeting when he saw the bike parked up and came to have a look. He also let us use his laptop to organise our pictures and copy the contents of our mobiles to dvd so we can send them home so we should be hopefully be able to add some video to the site once its edited.
Ciao Kev and Karen
  1. #1 by RichRoth on July 27, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    Hi Kev & Karen,
    Rich here, the guy you met on the ferry from Dover. My wife and I are really enjoying reading your blogs, but don’t have an update since 7th July. Are you in a non-internet environment? – daft question really! Have any other followers heard from these guys recently? Please post an update. Take care both.

  2. #2 by John & Liz on July 24, 2010 - 8:05 pm

    Hi folks, Have been following your adventures and glad to see that you are enjoying your travels thus far. Hope you post again soon as it appears to have been some time since your last update.
    All the best,
    John & Liz (now the owner of the other V twin, no not the Ducati, the Buell)

  3. #3 by Jane on July 22, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    Hope is all well with you as you haven’t posted for a while? In case it is useful for you I am in touch with a guy called Imre Hegedus who is driving his Subaru 360 from Japan to Hungary. Currently he is in Russia, today in Chita, and is heading to Ulan Ude, and Irkutsk. Thought you might have some useful information for each other! His blog is at http://www.movingjapan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=263 or he’s on face book. Look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to. Jane x

  4. #4 by keith on July 13, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    wow it looks amazing you two look so ggod too . well a bit of news from home , dropped off some mail at your mums place and she seems ok . the flat is looking like a home again and have decorated the bedroom . still going to do the front room .. and gave your bunny in the garden a trim lol.. trying to make his ears grow abit lol… remeber .keep smilling and dont forget to have a sweety on me lol .. keith ..

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