And here I am for about three weeks, keen on experiencing a polar winter.
And where hubby is stationed at the moment - the capital city, Astana - the snow does look permanent, the temperature hovering between minus 30 and minus 20 degrees centigrade.
The frozen River Ishim
The Offices Precinct of Astana
Our gracious Kazakh family says "Welcome to the south of Siberia".... ok it's not quite polar, but still.
And to think that one year ago we had showed them Cyber Ria - the apartment block in Cyberjaya when they came visiting (read about it here "From -33 to +33")
From left: Zhanara, Azizali, Yerlan
You DO NOT go outside for no reason.
And when you have one, you make sure you have on over your regular clothing, thick socks (or two layers of tropical cotton ones) and boots, a really warm coat or anorak, with head-cover, and gloves.
On the river bank testing the chill with my ungloved hand
And then you hunker down and rush off to wherever - you can't stop and chat or admire the scenery for very long, because if you do, the chill bites into any exposed skin in seconds and if you happen to have a runny nose, it freezes in an instant (ok I'm just assuming that because I haven't seen anyone with a runny nose here).
So far, I am enjoying this change from the gruelling heat of the Klang Valley. Here I do not sweat, and strangely I am not as hungry. I have had no headaches as yet, and I feel somewhat rejuvenated. They say Kazakhstan is where healing cosmic energy from the universe concentrates.
But despite that, if I do feel under the weather, would I be brave enough to try a Kazakh massage? I don't know.
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Till next time.