Travel in Kazakshtan, Trains in Almaty

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Traveling in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a bit like a silent giant on the world map. Some people will look at a map thousands of times before noticing the huge country smack dab in the center of Asia. In terms of land, Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world, but even when you live here, it is easy to forget how huge it is until the time comes to cross it. The fastest way to get from[…]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan Dawn

Where is Almaty, Kazakhstan?

“In the place where the mountain touches the sky, the rivers feed the grateful earth, and the sun is so especially tender, the Big Apple started to grow” (Almaty Today). I recently had a conversation with my aunt who confessed that even though I’ve lived here in Almaty for three years, she still has a hard time explaining where exactly Almaty is to people who ask. So for the curious, the geographically challenged, and those[…]

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Traveler’s Coffee at Panfilov’s Crossing, Almaty

The Sometimes-Sunday (but this time Saturday) Coffee Club Saturday, 01 March 2014 Traveler’s Coffee, Panfilov’s Crossing (Kurmangazy 43) Almaty I intended to visit the book museum today.  I wanted to get out, to do something in the sunshine, in the warmth of an early spring day and the book museum seemed like a great choice – I mean, common, it’s a museum with books! Of course, when I arrived it was closed even though the[…]

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Morrone Rosso Coffee Shop Almaty

Marrone Rosso, Almaty

The Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 26 February, 2012 Marrone Rosso  (Furmanova/Zhambyl) Located on Furmanova just up from the Opera, Marrone Rosso is one of Almaty’s more popular coffee shops.  This morning, armed with my posse of fictional characters, I took the metro downtown to sample the food and drink and to share a good story. The atmosphere of Marrone Rosso is quieter than that of Coffee Delia, but a bit busier than Bisqvit.  Soft pop[…]

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Biskvit Coffee Shop in Almaty

Bisqvit, Almaty

The Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 5 February, 2012 Bisqvit (Shevcheko, just west of Dostyk) According to a review on the Lonely Planet website, Bisqvit is “marginally smarter than Coffeedelia, with arguably the best coffee in town.”  I have read the “best coffee in town” claim elsewhere and being a confirmed coffee-phile, I was excited to try this place out.  So this morning I set out in the snow to meet Mr. Fielding, Dr. Aziz, Mrs.[…]

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