Kazakhstan has amazing outdoor and indoor markets where you can buy just about anything. This is where we would buy our nuts. I know folks say watch what you eat when you travel, and we did. We watched it go right in our mouth. Aside from an inititial stomach flu, we survived and were healthy. Compared to Alaska food was very inexpensive.
The people of Kazakhstan were so nice and inviting towards us. Like this big man in a little car. Jonathan and I found ourselves hitchhiking a lot. Well, before we gained custody of our son anyway.
Kazakhstan has beautiful old structures like the Yasaui Mausoleum. The mausoleum was built in the 15 century by Temir. He is somewhat of a cultural hero, but in the west he is looked at negatively more of an Attila the Hun. There was a small mausoleum there for centuries that was a pilgrimage site for Sufi Muslims. It was neglected under the Soviets like most religious monuments, but after independence the Kazaks arranged a lot of international financing primarily from Turkey to fix it up. While visiting the Mausoleum we were invited to attend a Surfi changing session. We of course had to go, how could we miss an opportunity for such a cultural experience.