In one month we are going to Kazakhstan. Here are some pictures from 2001.
Alma-Ata has very large sidewalks. That guy is sweeping it from the fallen leaves. To your left is water canal “arik”, every street has one on each side. As you can see, all trees have white paint on them, it is done for a reason. Every Spring all trees, the first 4-5 feet off the ground, are painted with lime based paint, it kills bugs when they attempt to clime up the tree.
Mountains always have snow, even in the summer time. This was in September, so there is more snow and it is at lower elevations. The Muslim Minaret was built sometime in the late 90th, it did not exist during Soviet times.
This is Issik River, next to the market in a little town called Issik. All rivers around Almaty are enclosed in concrete to control water flow.
Monument to 28 “Panfilov Soldiers”. They were from “Panfilov” village in Kazakhstan and were defending Moscow from Germans. All of them died there.
Next time I’ll post a few pictures from 2005.