Photos of students in Taras

Meeting all the students in Taras (over 500 of them) made our travel woes all worth it. Well, what an evening Aigerim experienced trying to leave Taras. Arriving had been no problem with flying into Chymkent and taking a 6 hour train ride to Taras.  However, our flight on SCAT was to leave at 7:00 p.m. and we were to arrive in Astana at 9:00 p.m. but there were very high winds and the aircraft from Astana did not arrive.  With the delay, we finally did leave six hours later after being rescued by Zhanna, our efficient scheduler and the driver Volodimir.  They brought us to a well-lit restaurant.  Otherwise we were the only ones at the airport with the electricity off. Our SCAT flight finally left at 1:00 a.m. and arrived at 3:00 a.m. with only 15 passengers on this small plane.  We left in sleet, snow and rain and arrived in fresh snow in Astana.  These Kazakh students are GREAT kids, the brightest and the best, full of questions, energy and hope!!!  Kazakhstan has a bright future ahead, look closely at their beautiful faces!

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