Friday, June 01, 2012

Absurdistan!

I have spent the last two days supremely frustrated as I try to come up with a travel schedule for a 5-girl bluegrass band through Central Asia.  It's Boratastic.  Websites that start in English but only offer destinations in Russian.  Flights from Ashgabat to Tashkent (2hrs apart) by way of Istanbul or Urumqi, China.  Travel schedules only offered in a pdf of 2 month increments.  Why would anyone book beyond that?

"Uzbekistan Airways presents new travel technologies. We offer new passenger service - electronic ticket or e-ticket. We provide high quality services to our clients. You can book a ticket by phone. The booking on-line will be possible in nearest future. " 

Right, cause I want to call Tashkent to book a flight.  Oh, Uzbek-beki-beki-stan-stan.

Ah, but then I wised-up, and realized there was probably a local office. Dah, in New York.  With a lovely person who gave me the lowdown.  While tech might not go far in Absurdistan, people-to-people connections still carry the day.

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