MonthAugust 2015

Kazakhstan: A life lesson learned

The next days with the Irish boys were mostly filled with driving and having funny barbecues in the evenings. Although there is a story worth mentioning.

We drove  from Astana in the direction of Semei, one of the last big towns in Kazakhstan. I had Willie with me, Andrea going with the boys in the Jeep.  At one point Willie mentioned a guy who was just walking along the main road, and the fact that the guy was a redhead, caught Willies attention. We didn’t give it much more of a thought and had a pleasant evening together once more.

The next day, it was early into the driving day, Willie, Brian and me where on board of the Jeep,  Beanie going with Andrea in the Voyager,  when Willie suddenly shouted and said that he had seen the same guy again = approx 60ks after the last point we had seen. Se we gave the Voyager a signal and stopped over to check if with the others if we should offer the guy a ride. Everyone was ok with it, , so we turned around, stopped next to the surprised guy and offered picked him up. He was happy about the opportunity and jumped onto the co drivers seat of the Jeep.

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Kazakhstan – convoy through the steppe

Austro-Irish convoy through the beautiful steppe. And a lot of party.

So the Irish lads and us convoyed from now on. And a great time we did have.

Nikolay, the Kazakh guy  who came along with the Irish had a special story as we found out. The boys had been to Atyrau as well, just like us. There the boys stayed in a hotel, and when they checked out Nikolay came into the lobby.

Willy noticed his sad attitude, started talking to him and found out that Nikolay was running away from his life and his family to start off new somewhere. The boys asked him if he wanted to come along, Nikolay wanted to and that was that. This should lead to some quite funny things as we should learn lateron, because Nikolays wife was not all that happy with her husbands decision.
We drove along till the evening and were just about to start searching for a camping spot, when we noticed some cars in the steppe.

This in itself is not that uncommon, but the cars where strange. namely some Suzuki Liberos, those_DSC0444 are some micro vans from the early nineties and are an as uncommon sight as a fully blown Range Rover (called “the Jeep” by the Irish) and an Chrysler Voyager in that region.
It can’t be, or can it? Yay, this must be some Mongol Rally cars, the first ones we saw up to this point. Andrea and me had always wondered when we might see the first cars, as it was about Mongol Rally time.
So, polite as we are, we stopped by to say hello. The team consisted of two cars, Sancho Pansa and Don Quijote. At first we did not really get a conversation going and were just about to leave, when things changed. One thing led to the other and in no time we had a party in the steppe going._DSC0475

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Kazakhstan–even more adventure

As we started to run short of money we decided to start  an Indiegogo campaign . Back in Poland we had found out that our main sponsor had cut back on his promise, so we were lacking a nice 4500 EUR, which now started to bite us in the ass. So we tried to do some filming all day and set up a campaign. In the end we weren’t happy with the result so we decided to put the campaign idea on hold for the moment.

Apart from enjoying the sun we did not do much more that day and enjoyed another great evening in the beautiful steppe. The next day in the afternoon the very first car came by we had seen in two days and two guys, an older one and a younger one, jumped out. The first other humans in two days. As European from the ever crowded Austria its hardly believable that such spots do exit were one can be that lonely. We communicated a bit with the two guys and they explained that they are two fishermen. In the steppe. Sure.

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