Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples

At the foot of the mountains lies Kazakhstan’s largest city; Almaty. Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city and was the former capital city from 1991 until 1997 when it moved to Astana. At just over 2 million people living in the city it remains the commercial and business centre of the nation. Right at the foot…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 5): Kazakhstan – Almaty; the City of Apples

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 4): Kazakhstan – a walk in the Valley of the Castles

Isolated, seldom visited, no crowds…. perfect. Qazaqstan qoş keldiñiz. Welcome back to Kazakhstan!Day 6 of this Central Asia journey took us back into Kazakhstan but this time into the south–eastern corner where the stunning Charyn Canyon is located. First, we had to do a land border crossing on foot. It was my first ever experience…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 4): Kazakhstan – a walk in the Valley of the Castles

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 1): Kazakhstan is nice

Salemetsiz be! Privet!Hello! Welcome to Part 1 of my Central Asia posts, starting with Day 1 of my Kazakhstan trip and its very modern capital city, Nur-Sultan. If all you know about Kazakhstan is a certain extremely unflattering character (clue: read the title in his accent), then keep on reading. Topping Lonely Planet’s recently-revealed Top…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 1): Kazakhstan is nice