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Skating in Astana

Seven years ago I was crazy enough to go skating on the small river that weaves through Astana. It was very frozen…no worries there of falling through.  Probably it had been frozen sinc November and would not melt until the following April or May.  Anyway, it was fun to skate with a woman from Holland and with a former Kazakh student of mine.  I’m not sure where I got the ice skates, probably from another ex-pat who had left them behind.

Skating in Astana

There had been some winter activity in Astana where Bota, as a volunteer, had an actual uniform and name tag for one of the ice arenas.  She skated fairly well, my friend from the Netherlands was a good skater and the ice was smooth enough to go backwards or forwards.  I have not skated since seven years ago when this picture was taken.

I understand that Astana has recently had some incredibly cold temps and high winds, I hear from people who I know who live and teach at Nazarbayev University.  One American and another British guy are teachers at NU.  Also, not only have I heard about the cold weather in Astana but the very, very strong winds. I saw photos of how people were standing on the sidewalk and just pushed along by the wind or how dangerous it was for even cars to drive.

As for me, I’m in cold Minnesota and we just have to worry about negative temps and some strong winds with blowing snows but nothing as horrific as what Astana experiences. Here’s a photo of our country that is very flat looking outside our second story window.


Another photo shows our winter when it is beautiful and pure white, when all is still.


when all is still


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Thankful Message from Marinka about Donations

The following is a message of thanks from my friend Marinka. We, as westerners, take so many things for granted. Not until you see the thanks that come from victims of sex trafficking or otherwise, do you realize our privileges.  Being FREE as a victim from trafficking is something, though sometimes it is a long road to full recovery!  We should not only value the things we have but also our freedom. Read on…

I am glad to inform you that our modest mission to help the new shelter for vulnerable people, including victims of human trafficking to start operating – has been accomplished! The new shelter was in an urgent need for a functioning kitchen –we are proud to say that there it is now!

We are also proud to say that we have received another valuable donation for the shelters in human trafficking in Kazakhstan from the Rixos Hotel Astana.

We were lucky to get:

TV – 1

Sofa – 1

Chandelier – 2

Pillows – 50

Blanket – 50

Decorative pillows – 15

Bathrobes – 4

Leg towels – 18

Bath towels – 20

Hand towels – 7

Set of bed linen – 5

We want to take this opportunity to thank the Rixos general manager and his wife for this generous donation. We want to inform you that we have distributed your donation in four different shelters, so far right to the hands of those in need!

Also, thanks to our donors from the Nazarbayev University, for almost two years continuously, we have been distributing second-hand clothes and shoes to victims of trafficking. We are talking about rescued people, often brought poorly or barely dressed, without personal belongings. A pair of shoes and warm sweater, given with human compassion and care, is more than that to those who have nothing.

Last but not least, I want to thank you all for your continuous support and help.

Thankful, Marinka

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