Somewhere between Astana and Almaty is a little town called Balkhash. Nothing special if only the distance between both other cities is too much to travel in one day. -Remember the Kazakh police squad-
So this time I decided to take the intelligent way to get to Almatay. Sleep over in Balkhash!!
Another 600 km strait roads to get there. Balkhash has little to offer. The hotel's only wifi point is inside the restaurant. And the town has : A playground for kids, a gym, a Philosopher, a fountain, flowers and a local hero on a horse. And heavy industry ....