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Category Archives: Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan is the size of Western Europe yet it doesn’t warrant its own guidebook. Instead it takes up less that 100 pages in a combined Central Asia guide. Almaty, which means father … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Food Shopping – Almaty

From large traditional markets to international supermarkets Almaty is a surprisingly good (and fairly cheap) place to buy groceries. The supermarkets only have one thing in common; none of the conveyor belts … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kissa the Kazakh Kitten

We found Kissa the Kazakh kitten behind the school one night.  She was a shaking ball of black and white fur looking pathetic. I approached and held out my hand which she … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Incredible Barahulka

“If you can’t buy it in Barahulka you can’t buy it in Almaty”, said Mirian about Almaty’s largest market.  Most people questioned my sanity in going to this mad behemoth … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cultural Almaty

This was written around New Years but as WordPress is banned in Kazakhstan I haven’t sent much out as it is not possible to include photos. The Almaty Circus – … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Spring has Sprung

The foot deep ice on back alleys and black icy sidewalks is finally melting. Workers use axes and other implements to speed the breakup of these treacherous areas. Slowly the … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Seasons Greetings from Kazakhstan

May your New Year be bright and full of adventure and exploration. This last year I have learnt a lot by living in the semi-parallel universe of Soviet Russia. I … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Christmas Eve

Its Christmas Eve in Kazakhstan and it is just another night; despite the lights and festive trees. You see Santa doesn’t come on the 25th. None of the lights and … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Work Xmas Party

This was taken at our group Christmas party last night. It was one hell of a party that felt more like a wedding crossed with a talent contest. The food … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment


Its dark and an attractive long legged girl in a short skirt stands by a busy road looking for a ride. She looks nice and sweet despite the poor choice … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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