Holiday Inn Almaty
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... hour, observing and remarking upon the aspect.
A village squatted in the grasslands; judging by its size, the population could not have approached three digits. The rudimentary concrete dwellings were easily outnumbered by timber outhouses and sheds. All visible activity was related to rail- a cluster of middle aged gentlemen, clad in high visibility jackets, huddled in the universal bonhomie of familiar male workers, one occasionally peeling off ...
... I had seen a few happen while growing up in NYC.
As modern as the city is, it’s amazing at how strongly the people latch on to its ancient traditions. We visited a “Yurt”. This is a circular dome tent of skins or/and felt stretched over a collapsible lattice framework used by pastoral people in Central Asia. Our group had a dinner and some entertainment in this yurt.
Another real interesting visit we had was to a ...
... Five years.” Her facial expression registered shock and dismay. I interjected, “Does that sound like a prison sentence to you?” She nodded affirmatively. Lory and I laughed.
Our flight pattern from Bangkok to Almaty surprised me. Almaty is straight north of New Delhi. That had not occurred to me because I thought of Kazakhstan as being west of Afghanistan. And part of it is. Atyrau is north of Tehran, Iran. Gives you an idea of how huge ...
... center sits and eternal flame, guarded by two very lackadaisical guards. A group of high school students, dressed in uniforms with blue sashes, showed up, with a boom box and camera crew. We decided to stand around to see what they were up to. For a long time, it didn’t seem as if much would happen. We were briefly distracted by a changing of the guard around the eternal flame, with the mildest goose-stepping we’ve ever seen, extreme lack of precision, ...
... point at 2000 m and fewer gers and animals to start of with. Came to a valley and encountered more life. Stopped to take photos of a herder on a horse who tried to muster unwilling hybrid yaks. Good fun. Drove past a ger in the making and Jim turned the truck around and drove straight into their ger site. They welcomed us with open arms. We were served the fermented mare 's milk and curd biscuits, allowed to take photos ...