Well I finished my stint in Almaty on the 1st August and headed home, so my time in Kazakhstan has come to an end. I must say that Almaty really is a beautiful city with a bit of a rough edge, frontier type feel to it - it is a pity that the country is so hard to get into. If any of you ever get the chance to visit it, do not hesitate.
I took some pix of Almaty as I flew out - gives you a great view of the city and mountains behind, and as a matter of interest, tt was 34 degrees celcius when I boarded the plane.
A couple of the guys I work with, Justin and Adil (a local guy) climbed Big Almaty Lake Peak last weekend. I did not go with them, but after seeing the pics I wish I had. The view of Almaty looked fantastic!! As I leave here for good on August 1, I doubt that I will get that chance either. Anyhow, enjoy the pics!!
Went out on Friday night to farewell Graham, who has taken over managing the project from Peter. Graham was heading home for a few weeks break, and a few of us will not see him again as part of this project, we decided to go to the Tinkoff for a meal and a few drinks. It was a balmy evening and so we decided to sit ourselves up on the roof to take in the spectacular views of the mountains and watch the incredible light show that happens on a couple of the buildings. Was a good night out.