A friend of Anna’s parents, ‘Onkel Jura’, has invited us to spend the remaining time in Almaty in his house at the foot of the mountains. He and his wife are not there, but we should spend our time in Almaty at his estate. Not in a hotel. Basta. Wiederrede is useless. Kazakh hospitality is not the one to be turned down.
A well-known quote tells us that eventually all roads lead to Rome. But there are multiple means to achieve the same end. Such as getting to Almaty in Kazakhstan for example. Some take the long way around. Endless driving through potholes, spending the night at border crossings and leisurely exploring the terrain on the way over.
We leave the Kirgiz border behind us and drive on to Almaty. The goal of our travel is – unbelievable but true ...
As soon as we left Tajikistan and drove down into Kirgizstan, the scenery changed. Within meters after crossing the 4280m Kyzyl-Art pass everything turned green.
And how’s our life after more than 2 months on 3 square meters? Home – Berlin/ Europe – is more than 9000 kilometre away.
It has been a while since our last post, but we’re back. 99 days on the road today and still about 30 to go before we should be back in Berlin. But first… our adventures in Tajikistan. And adventurous it has been.
We’ve been looking forward to the land of 1001-night and the heart lands of the old Silk Road. Uzbekistan probably is the cultural highlight along our route and we are excited to see what it will bring us.
A couple of days ago - for the first time - we saw a road sign pointing towards Almaty. ‘Only’ 1325 km down the road. It brought shivers down the spine. After driving around for about two months and seeing so much, you would almost forget that our goal – Almaty - is getting within hands-reach.
After a bit more than 24 hours on the ferry, a shower :), chicken with pasta, chicken with rice and a great sunset, we arrive in the harbour of Aktau. Kazakhstan. The country where Anna was born. Milestone.
After 10 days in Georgia – that really have flown by – it is time to move on. We would have loved to stay longer, but still have quite some distance to cover. The next days are about getting to the other side of the Caspian Sea.
Today it is exactly 3 weeks and 3 days since we left Berlin. We’ve already driven 4763 km, learned a word or two in 5 different languages and are (finally) getting some colour. So how is our life on the road?
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