There is a mountain just south of Almaty. It’s called Kok-Tobe. A cable car leads up to its top, and there you can find an amusement area and some restaurants. I came for the view: Had some shashlik and some beer while the sun went down: And then stayed a little longer… …looking at Almaty… […]
I rarely say this, but today was not nice. It all had to do with bureaucracy. The thing is, I am on a 30-day visa here in Kazakhstan. This visa was going to run out on the 27th of August. Today being the 23rd, I figured I would not be able make it to the […]
I took a nice long stroll around town today, looking for a certain Zenkov Cathedral. Being in Almaty felt good: Being a tourist felt good: And the cathedral turned out to be very nice: It was completely made of wood. They say not even nails had been used in its construction.
I left downtown Almaty today, the place of shopping malls… …and cool kids: Well, I didn’t really leave, though. I just went out for the day. First I took a cab to a place called Medeu, which was about 20km south of Almaty. Then I hopped into a cable car: And then I was in […]
Today was going to be one of those days to run around town, taking care of things. First I needed camera lens filters. I had brought the wrong kind from Germany. Someone pointed me in a certain direction, so I went there. I noticed that Kazakh drivers usually stopped for pedestrians at crosswalks: …and that […]
My hostel had a corridor that was red: And my room was pink: I rarely ever left it. Except for one time when I went out to get some food and water. That’s when I noticed that some of the shops here were selling imported German products: Milch Drink, I thought, Schokogeschmack, ultrahocherhitzt. Pink Lenin […]
When I woke up I noticed that the rooms had an interesting pricing structure: I figured that people who rented a room for just two hours probably needed it in order to play a nice game of monopoly (albeit a quick one). I didn’t have anyone to play with, so I massaged my legs and […]
Today was going to be easier than yesterday. Less km, less traffic on the road. Someone had told me about a village with a hotel about 30km to the West and about an alternative road that ran about 5km south of the main road. So I went looking for it: I could see the mountains […]
I knew that the day was going to be long. So I got up early in the morning, when the hotel was still asleep, and I left the key in the door. Then I got on the new road: It was quiet walking. Good walking. One time I passed a graveyard: And sometimes I saw […]
If you just want to get a general idea about the whole thing, you could refer to The Plan, and in case you have any specific questions, make sure to check out my extensive FAQ section (in three languages).
Another thing you can do is download the Google Earth file. It is broken down into daily tracks and shows some landmarks and a vast amount of photographs.
Or you could just go and read one of my books.
And I do have some social media accounts:
YouTube - I post often when I am on the road and not so often when I am at home.
Twitter - I tend to focus on China here.
Facebook - I try to post once a day, mostly things from the road.
Instagram - not sure what I am doing with this.