Trip to Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan — Day 5 – 8

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DAY 5 – 25th April, 2011

 

This was probably our most memorable day in Almaty as we headed to a mountain area for a barbecue at a “dacha” (Russian for holiday house).
 

Magnificent view

Magnificent view

Arriving

Arriving

Home-made cherry wine

Home-made cherry wine

Cellar (around 4°C even in summer)

Cellar (around 4°C even in summer)

Chicken on wood-fired barbecue

Chicken on wood-fired barbecue

Plenty of fresh salad and bread

Plenty of fresh salad and bread

With our hosts, Anand & Vera, and young Patrick

With our hosts, Anand & Vera, and young Patrick

Typical stream fed by melted snow

Typical stream fed by melted snow

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DAY 6 – 26th April, 2011

 

Another memorable day in Almaty, as we browsed the local mall and surrounding area, and then enjoyed the warm hospitality of our hosts’ colleague. The home-cooked Kazak food was delicious, and the discussions we had about student travel and volunteer projects paved the way for future cooperation.

 

Row of paintings in the mall
Mountain stream

Paintings on sale in the mall

Typical street
Snow-capped peaks

En route to dinner appointment – with snow-capped peaks in view

Beautiful plate
Delicious food

Beautiful plates – & delicious food

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DAY 7 – 27th April, 2011

 

Our last day in Almaty, which included a farewell lunch with our hosts and a visit to a park before taking an overnight bus to the Uzbekistan border.

 

Lunch outside
Patrick

Lunch with our hosts – and farewell from their son

Bus station
Russian phrasebook

Once on the bus, our only translator was our Russian phrasebook - which thankfully had English-style pronunciation beside the Russian

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DAY 8 – 28th April, 2011

 

First day in Uzbekistan - we arrived early and got a ride into the capital, Tashkent, and rested up after a long night in the bus.

 

First impressions

First impressions

Quiet and comfortable room

Quiet and comfortable room

Kiving room
Kitchen

Our spacious accommodation included a living-room (left) and a kitchen (right)

Lunch

Lunch in a restaurant with a lovely patio

The menu

Check the prices (but thankfully, 50,000 Som = 30USD)

Ham
Olives

Sumptuous local food for dinner -- prepared by friends we spent the evening with

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