okay...this is a recap of a day we took a fieldtrip to this place called Madeo.
It is a place where they had some of the Asian Winter game events (that happened right before I arrived in March) so there is the highest ice skating rink in the world? maybe....and they have skiing etc. But since it was warmer it is really more like a nature reserve. Part of what you can do is climb this set of stairs that is literally like....820 steps. I thought I was going to die about 15 times but I told those stairs who was boss! Anyway I climbed that beast.....then we also took a ski lift to this deck place with swanky restaurants. Here is one thing I have learned about restaurants here....they will have a huge menu with everything you can think of. You are like....yay! That is exactly what I wanted! But when you go to order....they have no alcohol...bread....or salads....or food. I don't understand how any place stays in business when only a sixth of the menu is in stock? The point is....that is what we experienced at this place. But they did have the beautiful wooden doll house looking hotels that you could rent and stay in overnight. There were beautiful snowcapped mountains and lots of trees etc. It was great....and I think I burned 8 billion calories from walking.
Kazakhstan Fun Fact: Ok this is interesting.... you know when you are in an audience and you clap in appreciation of a performance....well instead of random clapping everyone here claps in unison? It really caught me off guard the first time it happened. It is really impressive how everyone can get in sync so quickly!
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click above to play a traditional Kazakh song that I really like called the Karajorga. It is very popular and there is a traditional dance that is performed with it as well.
March 8, 2011 -
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