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A cute inquisitive squirrel

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Burabay is a crappy little town, but as it is situated on the edge of Lake Burabay, it sees more than its fair share of passing tourists. Stepping off the bus from Shchuchinsk we found a taxi driver who had an apartment for rent. The place was very nice and cost 3000 Tenge ($25), but the stumbling block came when he said we needed to pay an extra 1000 Tenge ($8) to use the washing machine that was in the apartment. In the end we decided that we would look elsewhere.

Outside of the few shops that are located in Burabay, a huge gaggle of babushkas were congregated and their eyes lit up at the sign of us. Within a few seconds we were swamped and it was impossible to make any sense of what was been offered, as they were all shouting over each other.

Our kitchen and funky washing devices!
One lady offered us a domick (small wooden house) for 2000 Tenge ($16.60), so Julia tried to bargain it down a little, which was totally normal. At this point a fat babushka started shouting at us, saying this was Burabay and therefore everything was expensive, so we should just pay the money. She was rather threatening and i wondered if anyone had ever rented her apartment before. We walked off with the lady who had made the first offer, and she told us that they fix the price amongst themselves, so there is no room for bargaining.

The lady hadn't been quite honest when she had described her domick to us, as it really wasn't very nice. There was no washroom, a useless sink with trickling water, a gas stove that hardly worked and one of the most disgusting squat toilets in the backyard that i had even seen.
Julia at Lake Burabay
On the plus side there was a washing machine that looked like it was made in the early 1900's and a TV with DVD player. As the weather was not too good, the DVD player kind of swung the deal for us.

Walking around the town gave me an even worse impression of the place, it really was a dump. We found somewhere to eat and of cause be given a bill which was way more than it should have been and then headed for the Lake. A small path led through a forest to the waters edge, where an inquisitive squirrel stopped for some photos. It was cold and overcast and there were a lot of small flies by the Lake, so after we had spent 30 minutes there, we decided to just go home and watch “Family Guy” on DVD.

In the afternoon we tried to use our washing machine, which was a real ordeal.
Lake Burabay
We had to warm up some water, which took forever as the water only dribbled into the pan and then the gas was so weak it barely made a flame. Once we had heated several pots, we put this into the machine and then had to stand and keep moving the washing around inside, as there was nothing that really rotated it! Next step was to try and drain the thing into a bowl and then put the clothes into the spinner. It took countless hours and i think it came out as dirty as when it went in!

In the evening we made some Dinner at the house and also played Yahtzee with the dice that we had bought from a small game shop in the town. To finish the day we tried to heat some more water to bathe with, and this proved to be highly amusing. Standing in a bowl and trying to wash and at the same time not flood the kitchen wasn't the ideal way to clean yourself, but somehow we made do!

The next day the weather hadn't improved, so we spent the morning and afternoon watching Family Guy in bed.
Lake Burabay
Finally we dragged ourselves out to the local shop to buy some provisions and cook some food. Julia made Chicken, Chips and Salad for us and also some soup. The evening was similarly spent in front of the idiot box, but it made a nice change to be honest.

On Day 3 the weather was again poor, but we were bored of staying indoors, so braved the elements and went for a walk around the Lake. There were a few nice little rock formations in the water, but nothing to write home about. I was actually beginning to wonder why the hell we had come here in the first place!

We'd had all we could take of Burabay and its miserable inhabitants, so decided to leave the following day. Ironically the sun had come out and the place looked a tiny bit better, although there was no way that i wanted to spend another day here. We went to the taxi rank and sat in a minivan for two hours, waiting for it to leave to Astana. It soon became apparent that no other passengers were going to come, so we caught the local bus to Shchuchinsk and from there the train to Astana.

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A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
Our kitchen and funky washing devi…
Our kitchen and funky washing dev…
Julia at Lake Burabay
Julia at Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
A cute inquisitive squirrel
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Julia with one of her beloved birc…
Julia with one of her beloved bir…
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Lake Burabay
Burabay
photo by: Deats