My First day in Kazakhstan: Sim | Local Currency | Public transport | Hotel


This is my new Mobile sim
But recharging them through such kiosks is not easy
as all the instructions are in local language
You need to take help from a local to understand them
These kiosks belongs to third parties, so they charge 5% extra
This is how Panfilov street looks on Sunday night
I have recharged my sim for 2 GB internet data, valid for a week
though I am going to stay here for 2 days
I paid 300 for sim and 500 for the recharge
I have got data and a few minutes of talk time in these 500 Tenge
I have finished 1000 Tenge which I withdrew from Airport’s ATM
Now I am going to withdraw some more money
ATM was charging 1000 Tenge as commission
I need 5000 Tenge
I got a good rate. Debited less than 1000 Rs for 5000 Tenge
I use a debit card from Axis Bank
I had a visa card earlier, now I have Mastercard
I am going to purchase a few things from this supermarket
i purchased these things for Rs 385 (1,986 Tenge)
Now I am going back to Hotel Ramada
its 9 am
I am going to have breakfast
Breakfast is available from 6 to 10 am
By paying 1 USD (around 70 Rs) I got the hotel stay, pickup and breakfast
its cheaper than a Hostel
These are the vegetarian options in breakfast
This a local speciality
its 3:40 pm
I checked out at 12 pm but I was editing a video in hotel’s lobby
Internet speed was very good in this hotel
Thereafter I did a basic research on internet for making today’s plan
Today i am going to stay with a couchsurfing host in Almaty
Tomorrow I have to leave for Istanbul
That is bus 99 and I have to catch 48
I have got the bus number 48
This is going to be my first bus journey in Almaty
He just keeps the money. Does not gives a tickets
I gave him 200. He returned 50 Tenge
This is equivalent to our 10 INR
Before taking this seat I offered the girl to sit, but she refused
So don’t blame me for not offering a seat to a lady
This bus reminds me of the passengers I met in the bus in Novosibirsk, Russia
The passengers here are also warm & friendly like those passengers
I am feeling good in Kazakhstan.. Almaty …
The Culture, people, language… are quite similar to Russians
Journalists get a different visa, whereas I have come here as a tourist, so shouldn’t say that I am a reporter
I saw this hotel on Air Astana’s Stopover holidays webpage
Thats Hotel Kazakhstan
Now I have to catch bus 12
This is the way for Medeu and Shymbulak
But no clue about the bus stop
Those who were comparing USA with Russia…
let me tell you…
There is a cultural difference between USA and Russia
Due to the comparison you found people in USA were not warm like Russians
But you’ll find the Russian effect here.
Kazakhstan used to be a part of Russia (USSR)
It was one of the countries which got separated from erstwhile USSR
When you feel someone is insisting on selling you something…
Though he was a gentleman. he didn’t insist
but in those cases you behave like you dont understand the language.
Start talking with him in your own language
this is how you can ignore them
Probably Onay card is used on this device
1 ticket for 200 Tenge
Let me show you the bus
I am going to sit on these seats
This is Medeu
A popular Ice Skating rink.. but only during winters
Feeling good in Mountains
This is a wedding shoot
This bus is full. next will come after 20 minutes.
Bus fare=300 Tenge
Cable car (funicular) fare= 1500 Tenge
I wanted to sit in the front
Finally got a seat in the front
I heard this word in Russia
I can not understand whatever you are saying
I spoke these Russian words after 11 months

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