Trip to Kazakhstan 2014

In September 2014 Hans travels to Kazakhstan to participate in the 17th World Championships in ARDF.

Before joining the rest of the Swedish ARDF Team, he spends one week on his own investigating Almaty and Astana.

Application for visa to Kazakhstan

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The photos required for the visa application.

Departure from Västerås

Hans' friend Leif picks him up and drive him to the travel center downtown. Bus reservation

A bus brings Hans and others to the Arlanda airport, where Hans have an early lunch.

The travel

Hans started the journey from Rönnby, Västerås 08.30 and arrived in Almaty xxx.

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From Västerås to Arlanda.
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Pegasus air from Arlanda to Almaty via Istanbul.
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Stockholm to Istanbul

Hans flies with Pegasus Air to Istanbul.

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Istanbul to Almaty

Hans first flight to Istanbul is 1 hour late so that leaves him with only 1 hour waiting time at the Ataturk airport.

Kazakhstan

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National anthem:

Map: http://classroomclipart.com

Arriving to Almaty

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.

Breakfast at 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.

Walking downtown

Hans decides to take a walk downtown. It is very hot, the highest temperature this day is +32 degrees.

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Impressive buildings

Almaty has a lot of old buildings but in the new Business Center there is a lot of modern architecture.

Fountains and water

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The hotel

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Walking downtown

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Postcard home to Sweden

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

Almaty book

Hans cannot find any tourist brochure. Instead, he buys a 52-page book about Almaty describing the city.

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Money

Hans kept a quick-reference conversion table in his wallet.

The following exchange rates was applicable just before departure.

KZT (Tenge) SEK (Kronor)
100 4
200 7
500 19
1000 37
2000 74
5000 186
10,000 372
20,000 745
50,000 1861
100,000 3722

 

Train travel Almaty–Astana

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Telephone cost

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:

  • SMS: 3 SEK
  • MMS: 30 SEK
  • Data traffic 750 kB: 88 SEK

Money well spent in order to keep in touch with people.

Time to join the Swedish ARDF Team

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?

The journey home

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.

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Ukrainain air from Astana to Kiev.

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Ukrainain air from Kiev to Stockholm.

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Swebus from Arlanda to Västerås Resecentrum and taxi from Resecentrum to Rönnby.

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