Memorable Walk on “Slidewalks” and Icicles

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A week ago, Ken coined the phrase “slidewalks” while we were slipping on the lunar surface of caked down snow turned to ice.  I thought it was a brilliant term to explain what it is like to walk along the sidewalks of Almaty.  Because all streets have an uphill or downhill to them, it makes for precarious navigation.  Yesterday was a beautiful “spring-like” day, two photos show “killer icicles” on the roofs above.  A walker is not only imperiled by errant, fast moving cars but by slippery sidewalks below and icicles above. However, I just had to get outside from being entombed in our Jack Frost flat and the other photos are what I saw on my memorable walk.  

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    Otto Pohl said,

    We have the ice patches in Bishkek as well. More than once I have helped people back up on their feet after they have slipped and fallen. I have added a permanent link to your blog from mine now.

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    kazaknomad said,

    Otto, I saw that you were directing traffic over to my blog, thanks!!!

    Also, I can relate to witnessing slip and fall accidents on the sidewalks here. Painful to observe but worse is being the victim of gravity yourself with those slippery spots. Makes for heavy concentration with looking downward at all times lest you let your guard down and fall.

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