Archive for September 3, 2009

Photos of New Environs in Almaty

P9020518Thought that I should show some photos of our new living quarters in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  The furniture is typical Soviet style, our flat is on the fourth floor without an elevator.  We have a view of the pine tree tops and once the leaves fall will have a very clear view of the eastern horizon close to Kok Tobe.

P9020522Unfortunately, we don’t have a view of the mountains as we did in our last apartment but just the same, we can see some of them if one strains around on one of our balconies.  You will also see the new table I bought since I talked to my landlady last week, we reached a satisfactory agreement.  I ordered it from the furniture store and then had it delivered on Constitution Day, this past Monday.  It has revolutionized things at our small two room flat.  In fact, we still have that “new table smell” lingering in our living/dining room area!  I need to buy some nails so I can hammer them into the all too solid, concrete walls for the Carl Larsson pictures I want to hang. 

Landlady Larissa brought back the microwave and some other things she had taken from the former renters, which they had intended for us to use.  She also brought two other tables which has magnificently changed things in the kitchen for us.  Small steps toward humble progress.

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