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Almaty, city of a thousand colours

My arrival in Almaty instantly revealed how different the city is from Shymkent, and in a good way.

After having a semi-comfortable sleep on the overnight train and spending the morning fruitlessly trying to communicate with the Russian crowd around me, I walked down into the shiny new metro and up to the rooftop terrace of my hostel. 919 more words


Big Almaty LakeĀ 

Big Almaty Lake is about 20 kilometers south of Almaty, deep in the Tian Shan mountains. I grew up in Almaty, but never had a chance to visit this lake, till 30 years after moving away from the city.