Category Archives: Central Asia

Issyk-Ata: A Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-ata Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

My first experience with a Soviet sanatorium was back in Sukhum, Abkhazia in 2013.  I had booked a place on Couchsurfing to stay that ran me $1 (free accommodation was illegal at the time in Abkhazia so the hosts were mandated to charge something) and upon my arrival in the city, I was unable to […]

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 […]

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 […]