Archive for June 4, 2008

Almaty’s Kok-Tobe with Kim

Kim in t-shirtIris and Cable carKim and snailsclouds and mtnsKim and El Farabi3-d billboardchildren paintingEast Side of Kok Tobe

What a fun day Kim and I had on the top of Kok-Tobe overlooking Almaty.  The absolute BEST day to go up is Tuesday because the cable car doesn’t open until 4:00 p.m. otherwise they start moving people up and down starting at 11:00 a.m.  We virtually had the “Blue Ceiling” to ourselves. We walked up from the parking lot, taking photos all along the way, such as the vibrant 3-D billboard that warns to keep the environment clean.  We saw children painting with tempera paint on the wall as we continued our climb up.  Then Kim and I sat for hours looking over the valley eating our picnic lunch.  What an idyllic setting to talk over the book “Silent Steppe” that we both read and share stories about the Kazakhstan we know and love.  We ended our time at Kok Tobe with each of us buying a colorful Kazakhstan t-shirt from one of the vendors.

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