Category Archives: Kazakhstan

Best Coffee in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Almaty Cafes You’ll Love

Are you looking for the best coffee in Almaty? This guide has some of the best Almaty cafes to put on your itinerary! When I traveled to Almaty back in the day on my 2013-2014 trip, good coffee was limited.  It was nearly non-existent.  What I have learned about the Kazakh culture capital is that […]

Karaganda, Kazakhstan: Doing Nothing in a Fascinating City

Have you ever passed through a place on your travels and left not really knowing too much more about the city than you did prior to visiting?  As most travelers do a little research prior to taking off somewhere, I’m guilty of not making such efforts. I may research the first location a little, but […]

Charyn Canyon: My First Taste of Nature in Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan

When I traveled to Kazakhstan nearly three years ago, I never really left the cities.  I went to Kostanay, Astana, Karaganda, and Almaty.   I was here at the end of December and throughout a great portion of January and I just wasn’t keen on exploring nature in the frigid temperatures I was welcomed with. […]

Hiking to Butakovskiy Waterfall in Almaty: Kazakhstan Nature at its Finest

Hiking to Butakovskiy Waterfall in Almaty: Kazakhstan Nature at its Finest and a Day Trip from Almaty mountain

I arrived back in Almaty, Kazakhstan in early May for two months with the mindset that I was going to work, work, work and travel around Central Asia very little..  The trip I had planned with a friend for journalists and photographers out to the western part of Kazakhstan had fallen through at the hands […]

Arriving at Almaty Airport with airBaltic (and What to Do Once You Land)

Arriving at Almaty Airport with airBaltic (and What to Do Once You Land) bombardier cs300 airbaltic inside of plane

I am not really someone who traditionally has been loyal to certain airlines.  I frequently flew with American Airlines in the US because I had a lot of points with them and could cash in for free flights on a regular basis.  However, once I moved to Europe… I was in a territory where discount […]

My Top 17 Favorite Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan)

baiterek at sunset in astana kazahstan

Believe it or not, I traveled back to Astana, Kazakhstan.  I said it would never happen after my last trip there and I was pretty insistent on that for years.  But times changed, I grew up, and I came to realize that there were probably things to do in Astana these days that didn’t exist […]