Friday, May 9, 2008

In Hong Kong

Flew into HK yesterday and am staying with the most hospitable Chyn in her shoebox which now accommodates not only my bike (see pix of magic transformation) but also my large self!

Plan is to get a Kazakh visa here, then by train to Urumqi in northwestern China, then over into Kazakhstan on the bike.

Rolled down to the consulate today and was greeted in the traditional Central Asian fashion:
the consulate is closed because it's Victory Day (Soviet Victory in WWII) - a public holiday in Kazakhstan, though NOT in HK. Of course on Monday, which IS a HK public holiday, the consulate is open! The Kazakh woman who answered the door said, 'Why do you want to go THERE, anyway?' Must work for the Kazakh tourism board.

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