Wednesday, April 05, 2006

More pics from Shymkent, Kazakhstan, April/May, 2004

This is a pic of the little market just up the street from our hotel. There was a canopy above the sidewalk and in that space were a bunch of flower stalls. Up some steps from that were a few little shops sharing a roof, and including a little grocery store, a clothing store, and a children's store. Kazakhstan has amazing florist shops. They are everywhere and have beautiful roses and other flowers.

This is the little market across the street from the first one. This was more a local market and included food vendors selling baked goods and kebabs. Whereever there was an opportunity to set up a little barbecue, you'd find people selling kebabs. But that was true only of Shymkent, not of Almaty. Almaty seemed a more refined sort of city. All in all, I think I liked Shymkent better.

This vendor was selling magazines. They were lying flat on tables.

Another book vendor. That's a bus stop to the left.

Just down the street, a cellphone store. There were cellphone stores and service companies everywhere. Everyone had a cellphone.

This is the storefront of the internet cafe that we went to. It was near a university and always busy. This place was a life saver. It was run by several very nice and helpful young men. When we left, I tried to make a gift of some money to them. It was a small amount, but that was offensive. So I went to the department store where movie CDs were sold and bought a CD for them. "Gangs of New York." Not the best choice, but I had noticed that they liked action flicks. The manager of the place accepted that from me and comped me a little free time on the internet in return.


Anonymous Ron said...

John: Marvelous! Read the whole thing and loved it. Really nice of you to do this. Thanks. I'll keep the link and check back now and then. Hello to Kristina, and to the star of the story, Maia.

4/05/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

Glad you liked it, Ron. I'd certainly rather do this than my job. <:o)

4/05/2006 11:38:00 AM  

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