Day 31: Visit To Kazakhstan Embassy & The Wonderful Kazakhs
While i did sleep through like a dog, i wasn’t feeling too great in the morning. Was still feeling tired and weak. Thanks to the medicine i took in the night (from the receptionist), the fever was gone and i was hoping to be back in travel mode by afternoon.
Thankfully Aarti had recovered fully and while i continued to rest after having my breakfast, Aarti coordinated with receptionist’s help with the Kazakhstan Embassy and fixed up an appointment for afternoon. They din’t convey much on the phone but we both were really keeping out fingers crossed that things will work out.
Had to leave that comfortable bed to leave for the embassy and by now i was feeling quite well too. We had lunch, put together all necessary documents and left for the embassy. Thanks to our offline GPS software (Sygic), we did locate the embassy but looking at the location where it was and the way the street was deserted, we had our doubts!
It seemed more like a house, we rang the bell and a nice looking gentleman welcomed us in. We explained to him our situation and requested if we could get the visa stamped today itself! That was quite an ask, and was denied immediately (for obvious reasons :-p). However, he suggested that we talk to the ambassador and present our case to him. To say the least, they were a bunch of really helpful guys. They listened to us very patiently and gave us visa forms. We submitted the forms along with all supporting documents and they told us they will inform us when the visa is ready, they did not confirm anything except they will try their best and usually it takes up to 5 business days.
We tried all we could, now it was time to sit and play the waiting game. We drove back to the Hotel Park Inn as i wanted to use this time we had to relax and get my strength back. Ordered some nice food, spent some time on the internet, prayed for our visa the next day and called it a day.