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This Saturday I took a day trip to Astana, Kazakhstan's capital (Astana literally means capital in Kazakh). I found a cheap flight from Almaty and after 1.5…

From Temir-Kanat we drove to Karakol, and on the way we stopped at a place called Jeti-Oguz, which means "seven bulls" in Kyrgyz, because the rocks are said to…

After leaving Bishkek, I went on a tour through the nature around Lake Issyk Kul in the northeast of Kyrgyzstan. In a few days, we drove around the lake with…

This past week I have been on holiday in Kyrgyzstan. I took a public mars hrutka , or shared taxi, from Almaty to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. It took…

On my second and last day in Turpan (also called Tulufan) I went to the desert surrounding the city. I found a friendly driver named Anwar, who agreed to drive…

From Urumqi I took a bus (3 hours) to Turpan, a lively city in the desert which has earned the nickname Green Pearl City and which was an important stop on the…

A few weeks ago I made a short trip to China, to visit the autonomous region of Xinjiang in the northwest of the country. The ancient Silk Road passed through…

It's been a little while, but these past weeks I have been busy working on my internship. Finding respondents for the study is challenging, but it's going quite…

Yesterday we traveled to Altyn Emel national park, located approximately 260 km north of Almaty, with a Kazakh tour guide named Talgat. The two founders of the…

This Saturday we took a bus tour to Charyn Canyon, a national park close to Chinese border. It was a three hour drive with a Russian speaking guide, but…

With the weather being so nice, this Sunday I decided to go into the mountains. Located just half an hour from the city center of Almaty is the ice skating rink…

Hello there! So it seems I have survived my first week in Kazakhstan. And more than that, it has been great. I am getting settled in at the office and I have…

Yesterday was the first day of my two-month stay in Almaty, Kazakhstan. To explore the city, I started walking from my beautiful Soviet apartment on Abay Street…
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