Jun 14 2008
I arrived to the Russian border with only 6 hours left on my Russian visa but I didn’t get any hassle from the Russian guards, they were even very friendly! The Kazakh side was the classic border control experience with 6 booths to visit and many forms to complete in duplicate.
Villages in Kazakhstan are much poorer than in Russia and people even more curious. I am currently in a small town 250km West of Atyrau (Show on Google Maps) where I found a bankomat and a local SIM card with limited internet access (WAP).
It’s very hot (40-45C) and there is a lot of sand in the air. The roads aren’t as good as in Russia, but still not as bad as in Ukraine (for the moment!)