And an afterparty

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Today is the day of the ‘Koudalouk’ – or party to mark the joining of the 2 families. It will be at Amondyk and Shamshat’s house. Because it is being held there, Balkien and her side of the family (the ones we have been staying with) are not invited. That includes […]

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Wedding number two

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Up at 7:30 – Altyn as well – she had things to get done. The table was set for breakfast, and our bedrolls were folded and stacked. The family has many bed pads: the stack was a good five feet high. We sat about waiting for Altyn. She finally made it […]

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Shubat … also yuck!

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Up at 4:30 AM – on the road by 5:39 and out of town by 5:50. At about ½ hour out of the city, the terrain became flat and arid – just a few hills and then nothing as far as the eye can see. And this describes the landscape for […]

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Koumiss … yuck

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Owing to our late arrival, we got a late start. At 10:00 or so, Beck, Wes, Sterling, Buribay and I went for a walk to a rock tower nestled in a fir forest. Sterlie and I went to the top and were treated to a great view of a city clinging […]

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Decompression at the lake

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Today is my 30th wedding anniversary (and my first separate from Barb). I was able to call Barb briefly. Since last night was late, everyone slept late. We all finally started getting a move on at about 10:30. Beck said that she needed a few items, so we thought that a trip […]

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Wedding number one

WRITTEN BY ERIC TWACHTMAN Breakfast today consisted of omelets – huge 5-egg omelets served up by Aigul… who would not take ‘No’ for an answer. (Beck managed to share one through much protesting.) After breakfast it was off for a tour of Astana. The capital city is only 12 years old and has grown at […]

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