The strange dystopian theme park on a hill in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when a friend in Almaty, a city that was previously the capital of Post-Soviet Kazakhstan recommended I take a cable car up to the Beatles monument on the hill. Continue reading

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Onto the Silk Road

Uzbekistan is one of those countries which is opening up its borders to tourism, though most tourists don’t know about it yet. While inside the country there are still heavy restrictions on what you can and can’t do; Couchsurfing is almost impossible given the legal obligation to obtain registration slips in each hotel/hostel you visit, photographing state buildings/strategic locations such as bridges is prohibited, finding a double bed as an unmarried couple is difficult. Despite these limitations, the country still offers visitors some beautiful sights, which you might just have to yourself, a feat that is becoming increasingly difficult in our world afflicted with wanderlust. Continue reading

Global Cat-alogue entry #1: Katzakhstan

Here’s the first of what I intend to be a regular on this blog, a direct response to the requests for “more cute cat photos” from various friends:

I bring you the Global Cat-alogue, a place where you can read about felines from all around the world, their habits, food preferences, and occasionally their humans. These posts will continuously be updated, and I welcome input from readers who might be able to contribute a cat profile. Continue reading