The second journey to Kazakhstan took place eight months after the first. The intervening period had been unfruitful in terms of getting the material to Switzerland - despite the fact that we were in weekly contact with the metal traders. Because our point of contact was determined to brush us off, others involved in the project had slowly given up on achieving anything from afar. When I launched my final attempt on 2nd December - a second journey to Kazakhstan - I did so alone.
There are too many anecdotes about this trip to relay them all. Those interested in finding out more can do so in my novel, Werenbachs Uhr.
A stopover in the Steppe, 300 km from the nearest town. Would we achieve our goal?
In the material processing plant: a worker with a steam turbine.
After lengthy negotiations, we were able to draw up a contract. Believe me – that was the best feeling ever!
Celebrations are called for: a freshly caught fish is prepared in the kitchen.
The boss prepared the meal in person.
There were still some hurdles to overcome, including obtaining the official documents for the export of the material. This picture shows the material testing lab.