Monday, 21 January 2008

Monday holiday

This is the week we expect to get our LOI, our representative in Ust (Nadia) is hoping to pick it up today and fax a copy to our agency then take the original to Astana, it should then make its way by telex to London for Thursday.

However Monday is a holiday in the USA so we won't have confirmation that this has happened until Tuesday evening. We'll keep you posted.

We are now starting to believe its all happening and are beginning to make plans for being away for 6-8 weeks! We are trying to find out the best way to keep in contact with home, our hotel only has dial-up connection but we have been told there is an Internet cafe close to our hotel with wireless broadband, sounds like we are going to be having a lot of coffee out there! We also plan to buy phone cards and possibly a mobile phone for our time there, as well as a bit of time working I also plan to finish next years thirsty4god articles!
Quick plug, check out http://www.thirsty4god.co.uk/

The pic below is the hotel I think we are staying at in Ust, as Amanda's natural state is being cold I'm not sure if she is going to cope with minus 25C!!!

Keep praying, nearly there!

Philip & Amanda


3 comments:

Amy said...

Are you guys familiar with the beautiful new Shiny River Hotel in Ust? Here is the web site:

http://shinyriverhotel.kz/index-e.html

My understanding is that you can negotiate a long term rate (less than standard daily rate) for the Shiny River Hotel, standard room for nearly $95 a night for the room, breakfast, and taxes included. You could probably email them and find out now what the cost is from here. They have Internet access in the lobby.

dkeogh said...

Hi guys. We just found your BLOG. Delighted to see another family in waiting at home.

'we' are The Keogh Clan...Dave, Mary, Ashling and Orin. Dave is originally from Galway ciy and I Mary am a Dub. We presently live in Toronto, Canada.

We have two kids. Ashling who is almost 8 and biological and our KAZmanian devil Orin who we brought home from Almaty Region in June 2006. He is almost 3 now.

We wish you the best on your journey. We met lots of Irish families in Almaty in 2006 on their ways home from Ust.

Will put a link to our BLOG below, there are recent photos but we have not been so good at updating the BLOG.

Chin up guys....hopefully it will happen soon.

The Keogh Clan in Toronto

http://keoghclan.multiply.com/

dkeogh said...

Hi guys. We just found your BLOG. Delighted to see another family in waiting at home.

'we' are The Keogh Clan...Dave, Mary, Ashling and Orin. Dave is originally from Galway ciy and I Mary am a Dub. We presently live in Toronto, Canada.

We have two kids. Ashling who is almost 8 and biological and our KAZmanian devil Orin who we brought home from Almaty Region in June 2006. He is almost 3 now.

We wish you the best on your journey. We met lots of Irish families in Almaty in 2006 on their ways home from Ust.

Will put a link to our BLOG below, there are recent photos but we have not been so good at updating the BLOG.

Chin up guys....hopefully it will happen soon.

The Keogh Clan in Toronto

http://keoghclan.multiply.com/