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Photos from Chymkent and Kazakh hospitality

To be invited to a Kazakh family’s home is a great treat and to meet Aigerim’s mother and friends was an added bonus.  Aigerim did a superb job with explaining in flawless Kazakh all the details to the students in Taras who attended our big presentation the next day.  But first we flew to Chymkent from Astana, ate her mother’s beshbarmak (five fingers dish better known as Kazakh lasagna)  and then took a 6 hour train ride to Taras. For a long time I have wanted to see this city, but because we were so busy with our scheduled meetings, I’ll have to see the sites on my own some other time.  We didn’t even have time to look through the big museum in the center of the city.  As you can see, Aigerim’s mother’s dog was licking his chops to eat the food she continued to ladle onto our plates.  Wonderful Kazakh  hospitality…

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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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