More about Almaty
I'm glad you liked Almaty! That city is really beautiful and magnetic. And I hope someday you will visit it. Well, friends, some of you have questions about the spots of Almaty. That's why I decided to continue my writing about it and describe more places.
Dear Kim! It's really a coincidence! We also have a long weekend in Kazakhstan. August 30 is the Day of the Constitution in our country. It's usually celebrated in all Kazakhstani areas and cities. According to tradition, there are mass celebratory festivities and concerts of amateur artists.
Akyn with dombyra
Usually we have performances with girls dancing in national costumes, and "akyns" singing with "dombyra". "Akyn" means "singer-improviser"; and "dombyra" is Kazakh musical instrument. There used to be a nice old tradition to hold a competition between the akyns from different parts of Kazakhstan. Of course it still exists, although isn't so popular.
There are also yurts, which are put during the celebration, and everyone can go inside to drink or to eat national dishes. The student "Hohhot" from Mongolia was wondering if we still have yurts in the streets. We don't. There are some which are used as national restaurants.
OK. That's enough for the holiday). Answering Kim's question I'd like to say following - if I could I would change the system of public transport here. It's really far from ideal. There is no any schedule of buses, so it's difficult to use them for students and pensioners. I think it's a great disadvantage. I myself have lived in Almaty for eight years so far and hardly use the public transport. Actually, I rather prefer walking. Another thing that I'm thinking about is our roads. To be precise I'm talking about pedestrian area and cycle lanes. These things are far from ideal as well.
Well, as I promised I'm going to tell you about other beautiful places.
The Issyk Lake is situated in Issyk gorge that is 70 kilometers east from Almaty. This place is really beautiful, although there are always a lot of locals there, especially at the weekends. I was there last Sunday. And I must say, the water is very cold!
The Issyk Lake
The Turgen gorge is famous for its waterfalls. It takes around 2 hours to get there and another 30 minutes to reach first waterfall. It's not required any special training as the way is quite easy.
The Turgen gorge
The Waterfall "Kairaksky"
The Tamgaly-Tas tract is 120 kilometers north from Almaty near the Ili River. "Tamgaly-Tas" means "stones with the signs" or "images on the rocks". There are about 1000 different rock signs which belong to the late Middle Ages. The most famous of them is Buddha image. This place is believed to be holy.
Just to lift the mood :)
OK, guys, that's all for now! Tomorrow I'm going to make my first parachute jump! My training starts at 10 am at the airfield Bayserke. And at around 2 pm tomorrow I will be jumping! So wish me luck, friends!
Looking forward to your questions! And can't wait to share my "parachute-jumping" experience with you!