Posts Tagged ‘Kazakhstan’

Kazakhstan Part II – Almaty to Semey (August 18-20, 2011)

Kazakhstan Part II - Almaty to Semey (August 18-20, 2011)

We didn’t have nearly enough time in Kyrgyzstan, and I think we all agree that of all the places we passed through, it’s the first place we would go back to.  Now, to get to Mongolia we had to cut north through eastern Kazakhstan and east across southern Siberia.  We had to do it fast […]


Entering Karakalpakstan (August 7-8, 2011)

Entering Karakalpakstan (August 7-8, 2011)

As we left Beyneu at around 5:00, we were a little over 50 miles from the border.  Those 50 miles would take us two and a half hours.  The first half-mile was by far the worst and we ended up driving on the dirt track parallel to the road for most of it.  Then it […]


Friends in dry places

Friends in dry places

View Larger Map We spent a quiet but fun evening in Dossor sipping Ukrainian vodka that the Aussies had picked up, getting to know the people we’d tied our fortunes to, and attempting to feed a malnourished kitten who attached herself to our group. We were fortunate the next morning to notice the kitten sleeping […]


Қазақстан pай білдіру – Kazakhstan represent

Қазақстан pай білдіру - Kazakhstan represent

For Kazakhstan, we put together a slammin’ half-hour of tunes hailing from a few of the cities we passed through.  It’s by far our most diverse podcast.  There’s some opera, some metal, and a lot of hip-hop.  There are also a few fine samplings of Kazakhstan’s two most typical traditional instruments, the lute-like dombra, and […]


Atyrau, Dossor (August 6, 2011)

Atyrau, Dossor (August 6, 2011)

Western Kazakhstan was difficult to navigate. During the next two days, nothing truly exceptional happened, but we were often inconvenienced. For the first time, we found it difficult getting cash from local ATMs, and our limited options for food were beginning to grate in their monotony. The ever-reliable Lonely Planet that we consulted mentioned that […]


The end of the world as we know it (August 5, 2011)

The end of the world as we know it (August 5, 2011)

The morning was full of great anticipation amongst all 20 or so Ralliers who had enjoyed a comfort-filled stay at Astrakhan’s Park Inn by Radisson: today was the day we would enter Kazakhstan. I had read in a travel blog written by a bicyclist I believe that this border was sort of the final frontier, […]