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Life in Kazakhstan: A Photo Essay

In December 2014, I visited Kazakhstan. Here are some photos of my experiences. I will constantly update this page, so check back and leave a comment if you like.

In this first photo, I’m on one of the  platforms of the Almaty 2 train station. Yes there’s an Almaty 1 on the other side of town. I wanted to go there, but you can’t buy a ticket between the stations although the trains do stop. So I was walking along the platform and checking out the train as I’m a big fan of trains.

Life in Kazakhstan: The Conductor And A Passenger Waiting On The Platform In Almaty, Kazakhstan
Life in Kazakhstan: The Conductor And A Passenger Waiting On The Platform In Almaty, Kazakhstan. I love trains, so of course a visit to the train station was in order. The temperature was -6C/22F, I was wearing four layer of clothing, apparently over dressed. These two gentlemen spoke no English and I no Kazakh, but somehow we managed to “speak” to each other.

 

 

Life in Almaty, Kazahkstan. Posing with a young man from Russia who is handing out flyers on the street corner
Life in Almaty, Kazahkstan. Posing with a young man from Russia who is handing out flyers on the street corner

In this photo; I was walking along the road and I got stopped by this young man. He was handing out sales pamphlets for a nearby electronic store. You can see the remaining flyers under his left arm. He handed me one, I said its in Kazakh, but he motioned me to take it anyways, so I did. Then he indicated that he wanted to take a photo of/with me, so I said sure. I’m quite the celebrity in Almaty as I came to find out over the days of my stay there. I did find out that he’s actually from Russia; he spoke very little English, but again enough for us to understand each other.

I took this photo while he was rebooting his phone as he was having issues with it. I remember once I met Elijah Woods in the LAX Airport and my phone was misbehaving. He waited patiently for my phone to work, which ti never did; so I can relate to this young man’s plight. He was certainly very anxious to get that phone working, which he finally did.

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  1. May be going their to work later this year for an American company for about 3 months, so have been doing a little research on the the country and it’s people. In the construction business so will be working with the people as an adviser. Hopefully it’ll be in the summer months. Any infer suggestions would be appreciated from any one with first hand knowledge.

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