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... are the cranes working on the Abu Dhabi Plaza, which will be the tallest building in Central Asia. It's all new and it's all big. I've never been anywhere quite like it.
North of the river is the older part of town which is less visually overwhelming but is also greener and, naturally, feels a lot more lived-in. The new area feels like it's still settling in in some ways. Karlene showed me around ...
... for eating off. This edge to edge carpeting of the table with varied and plentiful food is continuously refilled and adjusted according to the different stages of the meal. And throughout it all is the continuous free flowing Chai. If in a home the hostess notices that you are close to emptying your tea cup, which is actually a relatively large bowl as tea is served in a bowl here , she will offer you more, and more and more. Apparently ...
... Much of the construction going on around the city is in preparation for this event which will be huge by all accounts. I won't be around to see the final product or visit the Expo unfortunately but there are plenty of buildings that have already been completed that are quite incredible.
There are two tiny little hamlets left in the growing metropolis that is now Astana that give an idea of the kind of place it once ...
... which was much tamer than the other markets I've visited here, but still worth a few pics.
We went to the new National History Museum, which had excellent displays of gold, including from horses that were buried with the Golden Man (I learned there were seven Golden Men). They have 4 of them here. Unfortunately photos were not allowed, but they're on the fountain out front, which also has the horses with their ceremonial ...
Thank you all so much for your prayers for safe travel. God was gracious and we arrived with all our luggage (19 bags!) and a minimum of discomfort from airplane food and leg space. :)
We fell into bed around 1:30am Kazakhstan time, had a leisurely morning, and left around noon for a quick drive tour of downtown before heading to Eigilik coffee shop to meet Alexey's co-laborer, Martha ...