8 February 2010, and my long trip is started.
I left cold (-14) and windy Aktau and arrived to cold (-12) and still Almaty under snow. Don’t know why but it does not feel THAT cold here. And I also wonder why the snow is not slippery here….After some usual hassle with taxi drivers at the airport (they are ready to bring you to the city center for just 2500 tenge while you are ready to pay no more than 1000), I reached the address I had for a pre-arranged apartment. If someone needs a basic place to stay in Almaty, I can give the phone number. The apartment was just in front of TSUM. Very well located for my needs.