Almaty

City of Apples

Almaty (formerly Alma-ata, formerly Verny), is known as the city of apples. It is a beautiful city with a mountainous background. It used to be the national capital of Kazakhstan until the capital was moved to Astana (formerly Akmola) last year. The only thing I disliked about Almaty was the pollution which you can see hovering over the streets sometimes. It was not enough to discourage me from visiting that city whenever I had some free time.

Outside of Almaty during Peace Corps training
Outside of Almaty during Peace Corps training
Many new homes were being built around us - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Many new homes were being built around us – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Many new homes were being built around us - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Many new homes were being built around us – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty is a very green city
Almaty is a very green city
In front of Tsum, a big shopping center while Leo Baligad, a PCV from Taldy Korgan, takes another picture - Almaty, Kazakhstan
In front of Tsum, a big shopping center while Leo Baligad, a PCV from Taldy Korgan, takes another picture – Almaty, Kazakhstan
The main post office in Almaty
The main post office in Almaty
Ice cream is sold everywhere in the city - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ice cream is sold everywhere in the city – Almaty, Kazakhstan
The Green Bazaar - Almaty. Kazakhstan
The Green Bazaar – Almaty. Kazakhstan
The Green Bazaar - Almaty. Kazakhstan
The Green Bazaar – Almaty. Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII - Almaty, Kazakhstan
Memorial to the Kazakhs who died in WWII – Almaty, Kazakhstan
A Turkish bath house in Almaty
A Turkish bath house in Almaty
PCV Monique Ford in front of a statue of Zhambyl - Almaty, Kazakhstan
PCV Monique Ford in front of a statue of Zhambyl – Almaty, Kazakhstan
The Japanese Embassy invited Peace Corps Volunteers to a dinner - Almaty, Kazakhstan
The Japanese Embassy invited Peace Corps Volunteers to a dinner – Almaty, Kazakhstan
St. Nicholas's Church - Almaty, Kazakhstan
St. Nicholas’s Church – Almaty, Kazakhstan
Almaty I train station (Temir means iron and Zhola means highway- Temir Zhola means iron highway)
Almaty I train station (Temir means iron and Zhola means highway- Temir Zhola means iron highway)
Trains are the best and most reliable means of travel throughout Kazakhstan
Trains are the best and most reliable means of travel throughout Kazakhstan
Astana Motors in Almaty (sells Western cars)
Astana Motors in Almaty (sells Western cars)
Ascension Orthodox Cathedral in the city park - Almaty. Kazakhstan
Ascension Orthodox Cathedral in the city park – Almaty. Kazakhstan
Ascension Orthodox Cathedral in the city park - Almaty. Kazakhstan
Ascension Orthodox Cathedral in the city park – Almaty. Kazakhstan
Commodant of Buddross where Peace Corps Volunteers stayed inexpensively while in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Commodant of Buddross where Peace Corps Volunteers stayed inexpensively while in Almaty, Kazakhstan