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Travel Blogs from Astana
... 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!
... start to take for granted, the willingness of people to try and help you despite the language problem. The number of birds of prey they soar above you all day long. The beautiful scenery and sometimes crowded but mainly empty roads. All in all a good day the positives out way the negatives, only about 1500 miles to ullanbater and about 800 miles to western Mongolian ...
... destination: Astana. This little town was declared Kazakh capital in 1997 and since then they have been building a futuristic town in the middle of the steppe. The new town centre is a sea of concrete, glass, metal and very modern and bizarre architecture with the latest addition a leaning tent with indoor beach, oceanium, shopping centre and mini-golf. All very expensive and chique. After the tent we drove to the Parliament House and must have missed ...
... old bathroom. Unfortunately we weren't able to go up the Bayterek Tower, which was closed for renovations. This tower is supposed to give great views over Astana and even has a hand print of the president which plays the national anthem when pressed! Our last touristy thing in Astana was to a museum built on the site of the ALZHIR Women's Gulag, where women 'traitors of the USSR' were sent during the 1930's to 1950's from all across the old ...
... in my room after the tour, and prepare for a 1:30am departure to the airport. There are five of us flying Lufthansa to Frankfurt, and I have a quick connection to my Chicago-bound flight.
Creating the tour evaluation form gave me a chance to review everything we have done in the past three weeks, and I have to say it is amazing. I hope the group members agree, and I look forward to returning to these parts in the future. Thanks for traveling along with ...
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