I was in Kazakhstan on the 15-day visa-free program.
And my 15 days were about to run out.
So I hopped into a cab and went to the border at Grodikovo:
Luckily, it was very close to Taraz:
When I got there, everything went very smoothly:
In and out in just over an hour.
I went back downtown:
Walked around for a little while:
And I am not sure why, but Taraz didn’t really feel like a big place to me. Not even compared to the other places I had come through on my way here:
I asked this taxi driver to take me to a bazaar because I wanted to buy firecrackers (in case there were wolves):
He said there was no need to go to the bazaar, he had a bunch of firecrackers laying around.
So I bought them from him:
Nice Mickey Mouse firecrackers.
He gave me a serious look and told me not to be holding them in my hand when they went off.
Yes, I said, I’ll try to remember that.
And when I was just about to return to my room, these two dudes appeared on their donkey vehicle:
They seemed as if they were part of some steampunk filmset:
“Is there a sauna anywhere near here?” they asked me.
I didn’t know what to think.