The first thing I did right after I got off the overnight train from Astana to Almaty was to rush back to the hostel. It was 5am or 7am (?). I told the tourist I’d go out by myself for the whole day today. After we arrived at the hostel, he went straight to sleep … Continue reading A School Visit. Red Bull Gives You Wings!
I met a guy from another room on the train. He knew where my hostel was so he offered me a free ride. That was so kind of him. Well, was Astana with the visit? Before I went there, I read from various sources that said it wasn’t. But the tourist who tagged along insisted … Continue reading Is Astana Worth Going? A Day Trip to Borovoye
After the trip to Kolsay Lakes National Park, we joined a local tour to Charyn Canyon. Needless to mention, the Hong Kong guy who tagged along made me wait again and I always escaped to the bathroom while I waited for him. When I was done, he was ready and then he gave me a … Continue reading The Grand Canyon In Kazakhstan – Charyn Canyon
There were two lakes at the Kolsay Lakes National Park. The host drove us to the first one. The car first stopped at a passport control office. We needed to register. It was true that we were the first ones this year. But I didn't understand why I met some Russian travellers inside the national … Continue reading Day 2 At Kolsay Lakes National Park
Woke up at 4am to catch a taxi to the bus terminus for the Lake Kaindy trip. The information centre arranged the trip for us except this taxi trip of course. It was a one-night trip. We would spend a night at a huge guesthouse run by a family in Saty. According to the information … Continue reading A Two-Night Trip at Kolsay Lakes National Park
After I finished my so-called 'long term' backpacking trip in South America (I met someone who had been backpacking for 20 years in Peru so my trip was really nothing), I suffered from post long term backpacking depression. I'd stay at home, sit on my sofa and start to cry because I missed it so … Continue reading Post Post-Long-Term-Backpacking-Depression Came Kazakhstan