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We departed Uzbekistan and a short 80 minute flight got us to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Immigration was a breeze and a taxi from the inside airport desk gave us a quick and safe ride to our hotel. Wow, a new hotel, only twelve rooms, and no sign outside. It was already dark, the web had painted a few bad images of getting hijacked by taxi drivers, and it took us a few minutes to feel confident we were in the right place. From that point on our five day stay in Almaty was AWESOME.
On our last day we took the city bus up into the mountains, a whopping $0.50 ride!, We rode the cable car to the top of the sky resort and then down back over the mile high skating rink There was no skiing or skating being offered even though the trails were groomed, there was plenty of snow, and it certainly was cold enough. Later we rode back down the valley and into the city.