Here is a selection of photos from the trip out to Almaty and the first day there......
First however, a big thank you to Yerzhan, a biker who is also our shipping agent in Almaty. He, and one of his clearance agents met us at Almaty airport at 04:00 in the morning....áirside! to complete the paperwork for clearing our bike. For some reason, not clear, this had to be done before we went through and aout of the airport. He had arranged a customs officer who signed and stamped our paperwork so that by the time we left, we had cleared paperwork that would enable us to exit Kazakhstan with the bikes. AND, we could simple ride them out of the customs warehouse on Monday. Better than we expected
The airport at 05:30 when we left.
Our hotel. It looks alot better than it is....
Large mosque in the centre of town
Tulips from Amsterdam ?
Impressive building. I will edit the post later and add what it actually is....
We saw many wedding brides while walking round the centre of town.....well, it is Saturday, and loads of stretch limos. However, when we got to Panfilovtsiev park, they had all congregated in this area . There is some sort of flame in this park and each wedding party were having there photo taken by the flame. We arn´t sure why....does anyone know ?
There are plenty more photos, but am tired so will post tomorrow or Monday. I´ll also try and identify some of the places we went during our random walk.
The other 8 members of the AllRoadManiacs arrive tomorrow morning (04:00) so the group will be complete. While they catch up on some sleep, we intend to go visit Silk Road.