Cycling The World Kazakhstan 19th-August-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Sunday 19th-August-2012 in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Well, I was hoping to be on the road today. But I found out last night that you must get your passport stamped by the local police within five days of entering the country. Or be shot! Not really I think it’s just a fine. Unfortunately, the man who gives out the stamps wasn’t there today, so I’ve got to try again tomorrow. Everything seems really long-winded and has to be done at least twice! But it is what it is!

Road buildings square
The view from my room

I asked reception earlier what there was to see or do around here, and the reply was nothing! After having a wander, I think they’re right! Although I have noticed a couple of things. The streets here don’t have names, just micro districts and numbers! All very different and challenging! It’s all very Stalinist and ex-Soviet Union, which it is, of course. And people’s faces how much they’ve changed. It’s only a relatively short distance across the Caspian sea, but they look more oriental now.

I decided to get a haircut this afternoon. Not that I really needed one, but it was something to do! After my haircut, I retired to the hotel bar. All the girls seem to want to pick me up! Or is it just wishful thinking on my part? It reminds me of Thailand.

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