On my most recent trip to Kazakhstan I moved from a hotel into an apartment. Despite the hotel being very swanky indeed I was really looking forward to having some space and being able to cook for myself. Here was the view, from the 13th floor during my most recent visit. Give it a couple […]
On my last trip to Atyrau it become apparent that someone important was paying us a visit when the street furniture started being painted and pots of flowers appeared everywhere. It turned out to be the impending visit of President Nazarbayev and my very own Prime Minister, David Cameron. Things got much more comical when […]
On my last trip to Atyrau I spent a few hours wandering around Victory Park. It’s a fascinating peek into the Kazakh psyche as although its clearly a left over from the Soviet era the powers that be are slowly removing traces of their former masters from the history books. Victory Park is a place […]
Well hello everyone or rather howdy, for reasons that will become clear in just a moment … It seems ages ago that I last wrote a post. It’s nice to be back. To say things are crazy at the moment may be understating things just a little. Below is my itinery from 22nd April to […]
Ahhhh, the bliss that is Saturday afternoon …. a whole 1.5 days off. I am ridicuously tired but before getting some well earned rest I thought I’d share my latest finds with you first. I’m just back from the supermarket, having been on the hunt for extra strong mosquito spray. The season for them is […]
I couldn’t go to a traditional celebration in Kazakhstan and not get the ‘camel shot’! Here it is … I love the way this Father and Son are looking at each other and I love the way the camel’s looking at me!
First off as someone who writes a lifestyle / health blog I can’t post today and not mention the shocking scenes from the Boston Marathon. In what way (other than a large gathering of people) could a marathon, something that brings people of all nations, colours, sexes, religion and orientation together be deemed a legitimate […]
My new contract sees me coming and going from the city of Atyrau. Atyrau is an oil rich region situated on the Western side of Kazakhstan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It’s also a transcontinental city with one side being in Europe and the other in Asia. You can walk between the […]
…. queued outside here in the rain:- …. to get my visa documentation submitted so I can go back here at the end of the month:- I then came home and did lots of work. The end.
Nauryz is an ancient holiday for the people of Kazakhstan and many cultures of Middle and Central Asia. It’s celebrated on March 22nd, the Spring Equinox and I was lucky enough to take part in the celebrations in Atyrau. I had a mini solo adventure wandering around Makhambet Square. It was me, a smattering of […]