Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Journey to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Our time in Almaty was too short. I would love to sightsee in the big beautiful city filled with many beautiful statues and interesting architecture. It was spring, so the flowers were blooming and the mountains surrounding were so beautiful. We were met by Gabrielle early in the morning and loaded into a van with a driver who did not speak English and told we were on our own for the four hour journey - naturally - I was concerned! At the border crossing, we met with guards , guns and wished that one of us spoke Russian. Fortunately, thanks to Mark Cameron, that policy is now changed and visitors will be escorted with someone who speaks Russian in the future..thanks Mark!