Hans' friend Leif picks him up and drive him to the travel center downtown. Bus reservation
Hans started the journey from Rönnby, Västerås 08.30 and arrived in Almaty xxx.
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Hans first flight to Istanbul is 1 hour late so that leaves him with only 1 hour waiting time at the Ataturk airport.
Hans arrives early in the morning and gets a nice view of the mountains south of the city, during his taxi ride from the airport to the hotel.
Hans makes an early check in and goes directly to the breakfast. The restaurant is located on the 30th floor with a good view of the mountains.
Hans decides to take a walk downtown. It is very hot, the highest temperature this day is +32 degrees.
Almaty has a lot of old buildings but in the new Business Center there is a lot of modern architecture.
Before leaving Sweden hans loaded the app "Riktiga vykort" with 10 cards. Cost: SEK 15 per card. Receipt
The app enabled him to take a photo with his iPhone 4 and immediately send it as a postcard to friends in Sweden. They received the postcard after 1-2 days through the service of the Swedish Postoffice "Posten". They claim: "Skicka före kl 16.00 på en vardag - framme nästa vardag". Receipt
Hans uses his iPhone 4 for some communication, but most of the time it is switched off. After receiving the invoice a month later he notices the charges:
Money well spent in order to keep in touch with people.
The Sweish ARDF Team arrives to Astana airport Saturday morning. Hans has packed the day before and is quite prepared to join the team at the airport sometime in the morning, after breakfast. But that will not happen. When Hans is asleep in the King hotel he receives instant messages SMS from the Swedish Team Manager:
05:58 Jan: Landat, står i långsam passkö med norrmän./Jan
06:08 Hans: OK hoppas ni blir insläppta i landet.
06:08 Jan: Olle blev insläppt så vi hoppas, tyskar står bredvid. Kom hit.
06:16 Hans: Ok
06:35 Jan: Vi står i ankomsthallen och växlar
06:50 Jan: Ui är vid buss nu, var är du?
05:58 Jan: Landat, står i långsam passkö med norrmän./Jan 06:08 Hans: OK hoppas ni blir insläppta i landet. 06:08 Jan: Olle blev insläppt så vi hoppas, tyskar står bredvid. Kom hit. 06:16 Hans: Ok 06:35 Jan: Vi står i ankomsthallen och växlar 06:50 Jan: Ui är vid buss nu, var är du?
Hans started the journey back home at 02.00 from the hotel i Astana. And 17 hours later he was home.
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Taxi from hotel to airport in Astana.
Ukrainain air from Astana to Kiev.
Ukrainain air from Kiev to Stockholm.
Swebus from Arlanda to Västerås Resecentrum and taxi from Resecentrum to Rönnby.