I am so excited to finally be here!
Yesterday was all travel. I left D.C. at about 6:30pm local time, and landed here in Almaty at about 1:00am Friday, local time. (Almaty is 11 hours ahead of Eastern time.)
Driving through the city was beautiful. There were lights lining the streets for New Years (Novyy Gohd) and a type of Olympic games for universities here.
The apartment is huge - a full kitchen, two bedrooms, one and a half bath, and a living/dining room. There is an awesome view of the mountains! (But so far the weather has been hazy and snowy).
I had a very relaxed first day. After some sleep, I went shopping at a GreenMart supermarket to get some basic supplies. My Russian is a bit rusty after the long winter break, but I had a couple short conversations with some people! I took a long nap in the afternoon, and spent a bit of time settling in and preparing for my class. Tomorrow, my teaching partner arrives, and we will probably spend the day overcoming jet lag and walking around.
Do Skorovo! (See you later)
Saying goodbye to the airport control tower in Frankfurt after a layover in Germany.
Flying "past" the sunset to Almaty!
The Almaty airport sign, in Cyrillic.
The view from the apartment. It's very hazy in the winter, but the mountains surrounding the city are beautiful!
I am a junior studying AeroAstro at MIT. I love rockets, airplanes, birds, and anything that flies! In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, solving sudoku puzzles, and reading. I have been learning Russian for about two years, and I'm so excited to visit Kazakhstan and learn about the beautiful country and culture!