Ready and packed to go, we spent the morning finishing what food we had left and saying our goodbyes to the internet.
At around 3pm we caught a bus down to where the main coaches left for Shymkent and were instantly surrounded by taxi drivers and various men claiming to be running coach services, all vying for our business. Feeling a little nervous about the lack of coaches in comparison to when we arrived, we bargained prices and followed a young man around to the other side of the lake, where we relaxed in a cafe for a few hours and conversed with a couple of English speakers also going on the coach.
As the evening began to close in, we boarded and began our 12hour journey back to meet Sanjar and Sergey.
We arrived at 7am in a completely different place from where we’d left previously, which wasn’t really a problem because we would have been equally lost either way. We followed a few people we guessed were walking toward the centre and hoped for the best, thankfully coming across buildings we recognised and working our way back to the wifi cafe we were familiar with.
Sanjar and Sergey made time to come meet us, and explaining they had to work until 9pm, let us drop stuff off at Sergeys flat, and we spent the day enjoying Shymkent. That night we stayed at the flat and got an early night.