People i met here who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Hannes (Sweden)
Back in Almaty for the third time, we were now becoming familiar with the place. As we intended to stay at Rosa's flat in the Northern suburbs, it was necessary to use the internet and do some shopping in town, before catching the bus out there. Caked in dirt and muck, we were attracting a fair amount of attention as we walked along the streets. It took until 22.00 to complete our tasks and we were lucky to catch the last bus home. A deaf woman that sat in the seat in front of Julia found the stench of us all too overpowering and i giggled as she had to cover her nose!
At the apartment we took much needed and much deserved showers, before Julia made us a salad for Dinner and we had a couple of beers to wind down. Hannes had a shocking discovery on his visit to the washroom when he found a tick had attached itself to his nether region. Obviously its something thats not funny, but you can't help but laugh!
The following day we left the apartment at 11.00 and went to eat some breakfast. The restaurant we were sat in threw us out the second we finished the meal, even though they were almost empty and even let some old female beggar come in and finish off Julia's soup! We moved next door to drink some beers, play ludo and wait for our train to Lake Burabay.
The train departed just after 14.00 and we occupied ourselves by drinking more, making the Worlds biggest sandwich and playing ludo - until i stupidly lost the dice! Beer on the train was really expensive, so we had to wait to pull into stations to rush onto the platform and buy more.
The next day was long and boring and the carriage was stiflingly hot. I passed the time doing sudoku puzzles, but by the time we reached Astana station, there was no other option other than to buy more beer! The train arrived into Shchuhinsk Station at 21.10, ending our epic trip up to Northern Kazakhstan.