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by sebhoff
Wed Nov 30, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Border crossing Georgia/Azerbaijan
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Border crossing Georgia/Azerbaijan

In my experience, JAM-news is quite good: https://jam-news.net
The last rumour I heard/read was that the border *might* open on January 1st, but who knows.
Sebastian
by sebhoff
Sat Oct 22, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: Uzbekistan
Topic: Taxi app on iphone
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Taxi app on iphone

Have a look at inDrive. I haven’t tried it out myself - I still have Yandex on my phone from last year. But I heard it’s very popular in Kazakhstan, and from what I can tell, it also works in Uzbekistan…
Sebastian
by sebhoff
Sat Oct 22, 2022 11:29 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: "Kazakhstan starter kit" - 8500 tenge & Almaty "Onay" card - proceeds go to Caravanistan
Replies: 1
Views: 256

"Kazakhstan starter kit" - 8500 tenge & Almaty "Onay" card - proceeds go to Caravanistan

I found some Kazakh tenge that I'm unlikely to need in the next couple of years - 8500 tenge, which is a little more than 18€ at today's rate. On top of that, I have an Almaty public transport card that should have at least 5 rides left on it. I also have 110 Kyrgyz som left (about 1.35€) that I'm h...
by sebhoff
Fri Oct 21, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Re: Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan

I flew into Bishkek and left again from Tashkent. In between, I did 6500km by train: Bishkek - Karaganda - Astana - Uralsk - Aktobe - Turkestan - Shymkent - Almaty - Tashkent, so both border crossings were on a train. My German passport means I don't need a visa for any of the three countries. I als...
by sebhoff
Thu Oct 20, 2022 10:47 am
Forum: Kyrgyzstan travel sharing
Topic: Bishkek Accomodation
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Bishkek Accomodation

I stayed at the Golden Hotel and was happy. Good breakfast, receptionists spoke good English and it's within walking distance of restaurants and attractions. 22€/night. Would be happy to return if in Bishkek again...
Sebastian
by sebhoff
Thu Oct 13, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Re: Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan

I had booked all accommodation via booking.com weeks in advance (with an option to cancel if my plans were to change). All hotels/guesthouses had the right room ready for me - no problems at all. I did usually write to them a day in advance to confirm my arrival. Yes, the Russians are everywhere. I ...
by sebhoff
Wed Oct 12, 2022 9:32 am
Forum: Kazakhstan
Topic: Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Some random tips and observations for travellers to Kazakhstan

A few observations from my journey through Kazakhstan that may be useful to others: Kazakhstan seems to have become a fairly non-cash society - everyone is paying with their phones (using Kaspi). This has made the small change situation even more difficult than what is suggested by https://caravanis...
by sebhoff
Wed Oct 12, 2022 7:34 am
Forum: Uzbekistan travel sharing
Topic: Visit to Parkent solar furnace this Wednesday (12.10)
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Visit to Parkent solar furnace this Wednesday (12.10)

Update: Didn't go in the end. First of all, I couldn't get anyone there on the phone to confirm that they have someone who can speak English (my Russian is passable, but not really good enough for this) and secondly, my hotel told me that Yandex drivers wouldn't drive that far out of town, and even ...
by sebhoff
Tue Oct 11, 2022 11:27 am
Forum: Uzbekistan travel sharing
Topic: Visit to Parkent solar furnace this Wednesday (12.10)
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Visit to Parkent solar furnace this Wednesday (12.10)

Nope - sorry. Flying home Thursday morning…