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[[File:kazdesert.JPG|300px|thumb|right|From time to time cars need to get rescued out of the desert]] [[File:kazrestaurant.JPG|300px|thumb|right|Restaurant for truck driver]] [[File:myfriendisacow.JPG|300px|thumb|right|Not so crowded country, but friends on the road are easy to find]] File:kaznowehere.JPG|Landscape in KZ can seem endless File:mjammjam.JPG|Be aware about toilettes like this on the roads, so spoil yourself with some tissues File:Einkamelisteinwunder.JPG|He refused to give a lift
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'''Kazakhstan''' (also spelled '''Kazakstan''') is a country in [[Central Asia]].
Hitchhiking in Kazakstan isn't predictable. You can get 4-day rides with trucks or just rides of a few kilometres to the next village. People often offer rides out of cities when they see you walking.
The road between Aktobe and [[Aralsk]] is terrible, with little asphalt. Vehicles get stuck in the mud all the time and crossing the country this way can take days.
And the local slang for no money is "Kapusta Pusta!" (Literally means "the cabbage is empty") and it's a good way to make those grumpy west Kazakh smile. Witch helps.
== Cities ==
* [[Almaty]] (the former capital, called ''Alma-Ata'' in the Soviet era, and the country's largest city)
== Border Crossing ==
=== [[Azerbaijan]] ===
'''Khorgos''' border crosing: the only allowed way to cross border is by bus. Border is very serious: dogs, watchtowers, barbed wire, walls, soldiers, about 4 checkpoints between countries, scanners, walls, walls... Crossing border takes about 2-3 hours. It looks like border between worlds and it really feels like that from the cultural point of view. Buses are paid, but [[User:z-z-z88|z-z-z88]] ([[User talk:z-z-z88|talk]]) managed to get a free ride without seat from China to Kazakhstan in 2016. In China without bus ticket you are not allowed even approach border, but bus leader can take you through these pre-border checkpoints.
== SIM-cards ==