How it was promised in the previous
number, we shall tell about what Gulnara Karakulova has seen in
- In October, 1999 I
have got the invitation from Department of Education of the
Bogomolova, the assistant on culture of the
Information service of the
I was recommended to the USA by Terisa L. Kennedi, who arrived to Shymkent before it and we spoke about a possibility of the collaboration, since exactly co-operating, we can obtain positive changes, which will provide the realization of the rights of women completely.
I was impressed by many
It is written much
We were provided by
insurance against diseases and accident during the participation in the given
program. The State Department of the
But as it is spoken, thank God, that I did not use this service.
For the first week of
the work on the program in
We were said to not leave a passport, camera, cash, travel cards jewelry or the other treasures in our rooms in the hotel, making all possible things to save them.
The request to leave the specified subjects in safe of the hotel or in baggage rooms provided by the hotel free. If you loose the key using the safe you can change the key paying $150 - $200.
It is shown different TV programs in hotels and it is possible to connect channels of the cable TV for additional payment.
If you have many books and other printed materials and you do not want to take them with yourself during the trip over the country you can send them by mail using offices envelope or box for sending. Such parcel can be sent directly home on specified address on special tariff for sending the books to abroad. In such event mail follows on the land i.e. it can take from 1 till 4 months, previously than parcel will be delivered to the destination.
- the price of the letter is 32 cents for the first ounce and 23 cents for each additional ounce; the postcard is 20 cents
- international airmail - 50 cents for half of ounce
- international aerogram - 45 cents in any country of the world
- international postcard - 40 cents by airmail in any country of the world.
There is not public telephone office where it is possible to call abroad or to another city. It is simpler to call from hotel number but it is usually it will be contribute the extra change in 30% for interurban talks to your count for the residence. Tariffs for local rings can be from 30 cents to 1 dollar 50 cents.
It is also possible to call from the public telephone. There are two kinds of telephone: it is possible to call using coins, credit cards or system “complex” (when the person who received the call pays for the conversation) and only with credit cards from another one.
The price of calls from the public telephone is from 15 to 30 cents depending on the city. Tariffs for interurban talks within one state or to another state are differed depending on time of the day. The cheapest rings are at night, in the night and in week-end.
International rings. The price of the five minutes rings connected by ATS operator is from 7 to 17 dollars (without hotel extra change) depending on time of the day and the country.
It is usually that tips are not included in the restaurant or in the night club if it is not reached a special agreement on this count for the big group before. It is usual thing if you pay tips from 15 to 20% from count (which is written before addition of the tax). Amount of average tips for the other servicing personnel:
Taxi driver - 15% from cost of the trip;
$ 1 for each place of the baggage in airport and hotel;
50 cents desk clerk in hotel for call of taxi;
15% from amount of the count of male/feminine hairdresser;
It is several dollars for several day of stay in hotel for chambermaid of the hotel
$1-3 depending on volume of an order is for delivery of the food to the number.
Tips are not given to the steward/stewardess, the staff in the theatre, the operator of the lift, the man on duty in hotel.
Americans, as a rule, feel
time well and love, when is kept timetable. Majority of Americans considers
that they are busy men so they do not like to wait. If business meeting is
For the last ten years
the amount of places, where is permitted to smoke, vastly was decreased, but the
amount of the places no smoking section vastly was increased. Americans are
against smoking, accept laws, which forbid smoking in determined public places
reacting on increasing level of the diseases cancerous and the other disease,
connected with smoking. For instance, on American airway on the board of the plane,
executing internal flight on the territory of the
If you smoke during
stay in the
There are banks all
over in the
It is used alternating
current by voltage 110 volts and frequency 60 hertzs
It is possible to find
inexpensive meal in cafés where it is unnecessary to give tips. There
are some cafeterias with good service in buildings, where are located state
institutions. Perhaps, you will be invited to eat "on-Dutch" or
"without master". This meaning is used in
The following metallic
money units are used in the
Taxi and buses
To take the taxi yourself, it is enough to give the sign by hand passing taxi or cry aloud "Taxi!" Many taxi drivers will not be able to give you delivery more, than from the five dollar bill. So it is better to have money in one dollar and changes. It is accepted in many cities to take one taxi with people going in the same direction.
It is necessary to have changes for using the public transport in many cities.
I liked very much that organizers of the trip have provided all every day life questions, up to trivialities. And our stay in the country was more convenient because of it, too. And we felt else to us a great interest and hot desire to help, to show and to tell more. I felt very much in America that bridges of the friendship are built not only by politicians, but also by people of the countries and that meaning of public diplomacy is. I felt myself as a representative of our republic.
Newspaper "Kyz Zhibek", ¹12 (54) 1999