Kazakhstan cam girl
Miller, a 23-year-old Roscommon native, six weeks ago as she was departing for a Peace Corps mission in Kazakhstan. I smile and wave, greeting the children in Russian or English.She’ll be writing periodic columns about her work, the first of which appears here. MILLER | FOR THE BAY CITY TIMES I’ve been in Kazakhstan for six weeks, and in many ways I already feel at home here. Most of them I’ve never met, but they know me; word travels quickly in Kazakh communities, especially that of a new American neighbor.Paul Brummell has served as the British ambassador to Kazakhstan since 2005, and he must have spent a great deal of time touring the country with his own transportation, because this travel guide he wrote for Bradt is extensive.Sure, he doesn't cover *every* little crossroads, but he gives a much better idea of what Kazakhstan has to offer than the Lonely Planet Central Asia guide, which is a joke in comparison.Also, backpackers can profitably use this guide, but Brummell seems to assume a budget of somewhere around US/day minimum.If you plan on hitchhiking and camping a lot, then Anton Krotov's Russian-language guide SREDNAJA ASIYA published by the Academy of Free Travel (Akademija Volnyx Puteshestvij) can guide you through this part of the world without spending hardly any money.
Summary: Nice travel guide from a small set of options for English speakers; covers a lot of details.
The downside of this guide is that Brummell might have been travelling too much in air-conditioned comfort.
Missing is detailed coverage of trekking options and the sort of nature one can encounter, which is a shame since Kazakhstan offers so many easy hikes.
Although Kazakhstan is geographically very large but not highly visited by US/Western Europeans, this book was a great reference and starting point. Astana (formerly named Akmola and Tselinograd) is their capital city of less than 20 years but the amount of urban development in the last few years is amazing, which means that anything on paper is going to get out of date quickly.
It covers a lot about culture, history, and cities/regions for more localized travel. Two examples of attractions not listed in the Bradt guide are the Astana Opera House, a beautiful venue completed in 2013; and the National Museum of Kazakhstan, completed in 2014, which is worth the visit.