The trains of Kazakhstan.
Also went hiking today, which involved an 820-icy stair climb. Shit. But at the top there’s a little restaurant thing, with Coca Cola, chocolate, and shashlik. So it’s all good.
I am so tired.
Also, look at this fluffy horse tied to a street sign. This is why I’m so in love with Almaty.
Today I went skating at this place, Medeo - the highest skating rink in the world, or so.
I am not the most graceful person you’ll meet. In fact, sometimes I just randomly fall out of chairs (that happened earlier this week, but in my defense they were weird chairs). Ice skating, I remembered today, is not necessarily my sport. I did, however, make it through the hour or two of skating without falling once.
I think, though, that I’ve gotten my quota of ice skating in for the next couple of years or so.
Today was the first time in Russian banya. I think I might go and live there.
I so enjoy warm saunas mixed with cold dips in the cooling pool, especially on a wet, miserable day like today.
And followed by mixed salad for dinner! And whiskey! And now red wine! Too good.
On the way home tonight I saw this lovely little stand just opposite the door.
This, after witnessing a stampede of streetside sellers earlier near the same spot. It makes me wonder how sheep heads lady would fare, should the police return for a second round. It would be a mess.
The view from our balcony at the Turkestan Hotel. We’re at the foot of the Tian Shen mountains, and right across from the Зеленый базар, Green Bazaar.
Today the ice is finally melting here in Kazakhstan.
But we won’t be playing tennis just yet.
The sun’s finally up when I go to work these days.
Kazakhstan has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets I’ve seen. Che bella.
A wonderful little description of job titles in Kazakhstan, a la a wonderful librarian in Kazahstan, Celia.
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My students come in at lunch time to read, play educational games, and watch documentaries about endangered animals.