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I left downtown Almaty today, the place of shopping malls…


…and cool kids:

downtown Almaty

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:

cable car

And then I was in a ski resort called Shymbulak:

Shymbulak resort

It was nice:

Shymbulak mountains

And the view was spectacular:

Chimbulak view

I’m not a great fan of the Olympics. But I figured that this place would have been nice for the Winter Games of 2022:


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But then the IOC made the decision to give them to Beijing.

Guess they didn’t need any mountains.

Or snow.

Winter is coming.

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