out again, this time in the Capital.

We are in the capital of Kazakhstan for the next step in this visa application process.  At first glance and comparison to Almaty - everything looks so flat.  And it's cold and there is so much construction happening.  I am guessing it's for the Expo that is to happen in 2017.  I'm looking forward to it.

I think I'm becoming an expert at this.  But it still is never so straight forward and it is always testing, but here we are!

I'm grateful that I'm able to travel and see a little more of this large country, but of course this one is not a leisure trip.

I have all the paper work ready .....and there is so much of it.  So many forms.

but for now, I will enjoy the views.


monday morning grind and a Room with a View

So the weekend came and went and now it's Monday.  I'm not so keen for Monday. It's always slow and the list of things to do and 'get cleaned is long necessary.

And so here we are ...... at Monday!  I hope you had a good weekend at least!

Anyway this Monday I've decided to join in on the fun with Nadine at TinyWoolf's art challenge. Actually a room with a view challenge.

I was in Almaty these last couple of days to do some 'visa stuff' and we stayed in the Ritz Carlton in Almaty.  Now if you ever have the pleasure of visiting Almaty that's a place to stay.

So here's the view while we were having breakfast on the 30th floor......  Lovely greens and snow capped mountains.  Truly breathtaking and mysterious.

As I sat there and ate, I could not help but think of the mountains and wonder how the people historically known an Nomads inhabited the land with their nomadic tribes survived out there.

To learn how they lived and why they moved so often.  That is my challenge to learn the history of these things as I reside 'again' in this beautiful country.

Even a ground floor view - from Starbucks was also breathtaking...


city hopping...

so my daughter and I had to make a quick trip to Almaty.

Almaty is the largest city here in Kazakhstan and at one point served as it's capital.  It's gorgeous and you can be certain that there is so much to see here.

Unfortunately our quick trip is not a leisurely, touristy trip.   Its to get a test done required by the UK government for a student visa.

These processes are never easy and time consuming, but necessary.

And so here we are in Almaty, a city formerly known as Alma-Ata.

we did manage to make a stop at one of their markets.  Interesting to say the least - but a real market!!


simple things...

this weekend was quiet.

My husband flew out Friday morning for a meeting in London and also to travel back with our daughter back to KZ this weekend after her trip to China.  (the wall of china looks like a place to visit)

Anyway, so it was quiet.

I did manage to get our curtains put up in the house and they look great.  Our house is empty at the moment as we are waiting for our air and surface shipment.

I'm thankful that the curtains went up cause it sure does help with the acoustics of the house and not to mention keeping out the sunlight!

I even managed to sleep in this morning thanks to the 'black out' curtains that are good for when the sun comes out before 6am and sets after 8.30!

I hope you had a good weekend too.


that was a first.....

So today I was accosted!!

By a kid.  I couldn't believe it that he had the nerve.  Actually when I stepped out of my taxi he approached me begging me for some money in a calm voice, and in a tone where I could tell he was begging.  Before I could say anything, he's voice got aggressive and he lunged toward me as if to scare me.

He was a kid!  no taller than my own son who is only 8.  I didn't feel scared or threatened in any way, in fact if I had reacted and maybe hit him or pushed him, I think I would have gotten into more trouble.

I walked away thinking wow............now that's a first here!  I'm not deterred but it was a good reminder to be careful and aware of my surroundings, no matter where I am.

Anyway after that I walked over and took a picture of this place.  Its a restaurant.  I love the structure of it and how very traditional it looks.  I've been once but in the winter.  maybe it's time to go now, the last summer days in Atyrau.

Happy Hump Day!


weekends are for...................

friday nights at the tiki bar and pool.

and the rest of the weekend, exploring this city which will be home for the next couple of years......(i think).

coffee lab.  kvb

hope you enjoyed your weekend.


Dear London.......

I'm missing you. it's only been a week and I'm missing you much.

transition is not always smooth sailing.

The physical part of a move is always the easy part.  Packing our boxes and lives into suitcases is kind of normal now and you just do it.  Of course there's work involved but you just get on with it. That's the easy part.

What's difficult is the emotional and psychological part of a move.  It's the leaving behind, the saying good-byes and the desire to have a proper closer...(i'm still working on that one - let me know if anyone has that down or at least has some good tips!!)  And that's just the leaving.

On the other end, it's the anxiety of a new destination.  The fear of what's waiting for you and your family on the other end.  And in our case this time, what's changed or not changed.  And then on top of that, it's the settling in, and trying to find your way around - not just the place, but people.  That's always tricky.

And so London, i miss you.  The easiness, the convenience and the choices of what one can do.  The history of the place, the forward thinking of a vibrant and diverse city.  You are missed.

Our first weekend just happened. my family and I are working on what will be the norm for us during weekends.

I did drag the kids out of our gated community to the grocery store, to get them out.

I think that might be just what we have to do......get out and explore because there's a lot out there.  We just got to get out.

It's only been a week.  But I think London will always have a special place in my heart....


3 days in.....

it's as if we never left!

my kids have fit right back into the school and community and things are different but familiar for me.

When I think about it, it really is a great thing to be 'community living'.  And it certainly makes transitioning easier.

We arrived Sunday night to a house readied and a kitchen stocked with the basics to get us through the first couple of days.  the baked cookies and cranberry bread, gave that homey feel and they were so good.

Of course not everything was smooth sailing.  We boarded the plane with 11 bags and only 3 made it with us!!

Not so great, but we've learnt to pack a carry on with at least 2 days worth of clothing for everyone so we were covered.  silver lining for our bags not arriving altogether - i can unpack a few bags at a time!!   There's always a positive................. you just got to look for it.

Well my life is here now.  I'm thinking it's time for me to merge all my blogs together, but I got to find someone to help me with that.  Or do I just go back to my of Kazakhstan blog - Come Into our Yurta.  I liked the title...

Anyway, here's to new adventures and new beginnings!