Archive for April 24, 2009

Seven TGIF Photos in Almaty

purple-lilacsyellow-tulipsThe Soviet mindset seems to be alive and well in Almaty or maybe something else is happening on a lovely Friday afternoon.  I took photos of the pristine mountains, blooming flowers, lilac trees and then I saw a children’s playground I had never really seen before.  I snapped a photo of a little boy at the top of the slide.  Then I took another of three little kids piled on the top of the slide.

A woman from a group of caretakers called out in Russian asking what I was doing.  I stumbled through my rudimentary Russian to explain I lived in the area and then a woman who was dressed in Muslim garb (head covering) asked me in English, “Why are you taking these pictures?”  This irritated me that I was under suspicion as if doing something sinister after they had probably seen me take photos of the lilacs.  It had been a spur of the moment action when I took two snaps of the children playing in the playground.  I said to her in my stiff and ruffled English, “I take photos of mountains, of trees, of flowers and now I just took photos of these children because I think they are sweet!”  Okay, they let me go with that.

What were they going to do, confiscate my camera?  No way!!!  I thought it odd, would we do the same to someone in the U.S.?  Do these ladies have something to hide or are they ashamed?  What balanced this was seeing a little doggie propped up on our garbage with some fake flowers thrown in for good measure.  Thank God it is Friday, I’ve been around a little bit too much Soviet mentality lately, I’m going to the canyon tomorrow!yellow-tulip-in-red



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