Creswick to London » Kazakhstan


Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

We left you last in Astana, Kazakhstan and it has been quite some time since we last updated the blog. We are at an interesting time in the trip, well underway, but still a long way from the end and some days it can be hard to find the motivation to record the nitty gritty. But finally, here we are again.

Astana was great, we ended our stay with a few more games of ultimate and a brilliant local dish of Beshbarmak prepared by our friend Khapirat. Many of our new friends from Astana came around for lunch that day to farewell us but I think mostly to join in the Beshbarmak feast. Beshabarmak is a traditional Kazakh dish that translates literally to “five fingers” – how you are to eat it – it’s a dish of horse meat, potatoes and carrots and the fatty meat tasted just amazing.

The Silk Road

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in China, Kazakhstan

Our brief stint in China ground to a halt at the Korgas border post with Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs over the other side were holding their annual celebrations for the end of the second world war which went on for five days. We found a cheapish spot to set up for four nights at 100Y and I caught the overnight sleeper bus back and forth to Urumqi to pick up our passports with our shiny new Kazakh visas. Too my surprise the visa we had been issued had already started ticking the day prior, and by the time we finally crossed the border we were on day 5 of our 30 day non-renewable visa.