14 February 2013

Goodbye, Kazakhstan

An e-mail arrives from Dragoman this afternoon with a subject of "Important Information About Your trip" and in the body "Please find attached details for the changes that we have had to make to your trip and trip notes.  Please let me know if you have any questions". Attached are two PDFs, one is a letter with my name in the filename and the other is a copy of the trip notes for The Trip.
My heart sinks a little - I'm sat in the office looking at my tablet, hoping that this isn't bad. I've got everything planned and, as previously mentioned, Gil and I have had to work quite hard to make it all work.  I can't change it all now.

I open the letter.

The summary: Dragoman is no longer routing the trip via Kazakhstan for reasons I won't bore you with, but they are sensible.  It means I get slightly easier visas (a good thing) and more time in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (a good thing), at the cost of not doing Kazakhstan - a fair trade and for sensible reasons, if a bit of a shame to not have another stamp in the passport.  The trip is still the same everywhere else and, crucially, the start and end dates are the same.

I don't have to try and rearrange things.

My heart un-sinks.