Category Archives: Central Asia

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 […]

Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan: From Kyzart to Kilemche

From Kyzart through Kilemche: Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan

I have all the components that would make up a terrible trekker.  I am afraid of heights.  I am claustrophobic, which comes into play when trying to stuff me into a tent to sleep.  And all animals distract me, which can be a horrible problem when trekking during spring, and all the baby animals are […]

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 […]

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 […]