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Travel Blogs from Astana
... job possibilities in South America. That continent wasn't on the cards yet, it turned out, as she accepted an interesting-looking position in Astana, so I watched her Kazakh year from afar, reading fb posts charting the sharp onset of winter with its rapid temperature decrease - apparently the locals reported that this was a 'mild winter'... -39 not so cold really, eh?! I don't know how she did it! Snow shoes were ...
... for weeks leading up to it and although we had to pay out a fair whack of Tenge ($15,000 to be exact) there was no one who went who complained afterwards. No expense was spared and the entertainment included a scantily dressed dancing violin player, a small acrobatic troupe (on loan form the circus I'm sure) and many singers (the very talented staff were all we needed) What totally surprised and thrilled me however was the fact that on the ...
So I have been living in Astana for eight months, teaching at Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Physics and Maths. I have experienced many new things in the last eight months including teaching a new subject (Global Perspectives and Project Work) learning new languages (Russian and Kazakh) and learning how to snow shoe up mountains and over the Steppe in temperatures Id only ever read about in stories that had amazed me in the past. ...
This is my last stop, visiting more friends whom I know through work. It's great having them show me around. They live in a surprisingly spacious apartment in a building built by the Soviets in the 90's, so another inside look at life here.
Astana became the 'new ' capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, moved from Almaty by the strong-man president because it was more central to the Kazakh and Russian populations, and less ...
... rousing game of UNO allowed a few team members to meet another patron, while the more introverted took a quieter break. Later this afternoon we'll be going to look at the concert venues.
We continue to covet your prayers, especially as we finalize our schedule, prepare for the concerts and adjust to our jet lag. But we've already seen God working and we can't wait to see what else he will do!