10 Exhilarating Day Trips from Almaty, Kazakhstan

While Kazakhstan is blessed with thousands of rivers, it's the largest landlocked country in the world.

Almaty is an exciting city, but you probably aren’t planning to come to Kazakhstan just to see city life. The country is enormous, and there are so many great day trips from Almaty that you can take while you’re here. The hardest part will be to choose which one. Okay, actually the hardest part will … Read more

25 Reasons You Need to Travel Kazakhstan ASAP

25 Reasons You Need to Travel Kazakhstan ASAP

The world is a big, sloppy, messy place. It’s so tempting to think that just by being generally familiar with the history and culture of a large region, that you know it. Or that you’ll know what it will be like to see it in person. But that’s not actually the way the world works, … Read more

How to Get to Big Almaty Lake by Taxi

How to Visit Big Almaty Lake by Taxi

For anyone who’s ever glimpsed a picture of Big Almaty Lake on Instagram or the pages of Nat Geo, it’s nearly impossible to get the vibrant blue color out of your head. While most visitors to Almaty will have a day trip out to the lake on their itinerary, getting there and back isn’t quite as … Read more

The World Nomad Games

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Listen and Subscribe in iTunes Other ways to Listen and Subscribe This week’s episode is something a little different. I am in Isyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan, covering the World Nomad Games, a festival of sports that’s sort of like the Olympics for nomadic peoples. The sports, though, are way more interesting than, say, basketball. My first interview … Read more