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Hey there, my flight schedule just came out for may and i see i have a 3 day stay at TAS, has anyone been there? what's there to do and see?
I did that 3 day stopover in 2000. On my second month of flying.. Yes, we were lucky back then
And we also got a lot more money on our layovers than you do today
We stayed at the Inter-Continental. It probably is still the same....
The outbound was 5 and inbound was 6 hours as far as I remember. I also very well remember encountering terrible turbulence while descending to IST
and hitting my head to the ceiling and falling down between the two lavatories at the back
Thank God, we had cleared up the cabin or it would have been a disaster....
So what to do in TAS
? Hmm... I remember that our stay was not really fantastic
The hotel is very nice and I do think there is a casino. I definitely remember the hot Russian receptionist though
We were picked up by a yellow old Mercedes and taken to the Turkish Consulate or something for a drink.. Those guys there are just too bored. They love it when they see other Turks around.. I remember the dodgy building and the elevator that I refused to take. I said I had a fear of heights and of course had all the looks from the crew
You don't need the metro. Just go outside of the hotel, to the main road, wave to any car passing from the street and they will take you to anywhere for a dollar or two.... Uzbekistan is the poorest country I have ever seen in person... The money they make in a month was about 10 times less than what TK
paid us to spend in 3 days
We had a fantastic dinner one evening.. the 6 of us paid around 30-35 USD all together...
We also visited downtown for a few hours.. Had their traditional "horse meat on rice" meal, not very tasty
Did some shopping right and left... There were artists in the streets who drew portraits, some of the crew had this... I bought a few fake CDs. This is all pretty much what we did really... As I said, not a very interesting city unfortunately....
Maybe things have changed in the last 5 years. The city has probably improved a lot since. One other problem we had was with the food. We couldn't really eat many things... I fed on the sandwiches I got from the plane (oops) and had ice cream from the room service. I would suggest you to take along some biscuits or cakes and sandwiches just in case....
It is one long boring flight so good luck and have fun!!! And be nice to the cabin crew hehe