Our hotel in Almaty, the largest city in the country. We were here for 2 weeks.
We stayed in one of these cottages.
Attending an international seminar (I rarely sat at the table, so you can't see me in this photo.) Ten of us were from the University of New Mexico. Most of the students you see are from Kazakhstan. There were also students from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
The view from the seminar room, looking south. Those mountains are the Tien Shan. Beyond them lies Kyrgyzstan.
The view from the other seminar room, looking north. In the distance, through the haze, is the beginning of the steppe.
The entryway to our little resort compound. At first, we were told that we could not leave the premises without a local (for our own safety). However, the locals were perfectly happy to hang out at the resort enjoying the pool and free food. Eventually, we ventured further and further afield to explore the city.
Then we took a train to the new capital city of Astana and stayed there for a couple of days before starting the long trek home.