City of Apples (1997-1999 & 2013-2016)Almaty, Kazakhstan
I got to see two Almatys in my life.
Almaty was a completely differently city when I first arrived in late May, 1997. My first memories is still the pollution. Almaty always had an air pollution problem but in the late 1990s, you could actually see it floating above the streets lights. I had a hard time breathing during the first week in Almaty. The Peace Medical Officers (PCMOs) gave me Allegra and Flonase to take at the same time just so I can breath.
Still, I really loved the 1990s Almaty. The kiosks were still on the sidewalks. It had a different Central Asian feel to it. Most people still wore clothes imported from Turkey or China.
When I returned in November, 2013, Almaty had changed quite a bit. The roads were perfect. The air was cleaner. It was more like a Western city. To be honest, I like both versions of Almaty but miss the older one.
The photos below were all taken around 1997-1999 with my Fuji camera. The 2013-2016 photos were taken with with my Samsung Note, and later, iPhone 6S+ phones. None of these pictures were edited.
More photos coming
I have many pictures of Almaty (2013-2016) that I want to add. They will come later after I create a gallery component for this site.