Category Archives: Almaty

wheels and wings

Transportation log the past 2 weeks: 1 hour, plane, Osh-Bishkek (+2 hours in taxis to/from airports) 5 hours, taxi, Bishkek-Naryn 1 hour, helicopter, Naryn-Bishkek (+3.5 hours in taxis to/from landing pads…thus saving us all of 40 minutes for a cool $4k. Thanks for the joyride, AKDN!) 16 hours, bus, … Continue reading

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South Kazakhstan’s 1st Model United Nations Team!

On March 10-12, the first ever South Kazakhstan Model United Nations delegation attended the Miras International School Model United Nations 2011 conference in Kazakhstan, held in Almaty.  For those who don’t know, Model UN (MUN, for short) is aneducational activity … Continue reading

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The Second Year Begins

Life is changing with the natural cycle of Peace Corps Volunteers coming and going from site.  Our contract is for two years, and every new generation brings with it its own character and dynamic.  We recently hosted two groups of … Continue reading

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Haibo’s Visit

December 21, 2009 (backlogged again…sorry but this was pre-new years resolution!:P) Haibo came to visit, and stayed for two weeks. We hung out in Shymkent and he met my fellow PCV sitemates, as well as other important people in my … Continue reading

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I’ve spent the last two weekends in Almaty, which is about a 40-minute drive from Issyk (longer by public bus or with traffic). It is an incredibly cosmopolitan city that is pretty much beyond our current large village/small town budget. … Continue reading

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