This is most probably my last update from Kazakhstan as I will be flying home on Friday. Frankly I have not seen much of Kazakhstan at all, except for the views from the airplane window. It really has been too cold to venture outside Astana Central, and aside from our chilly adventure near the Baiterek, the most we had done was to walk to the eateries and the supermarket round the corner from the hotel when we were putting up there. Now that we have moved into the villa, we regularly do 30-minute walks to the Mega Centre and back, for food and groceries.
Much of my time is spent indoors, helping out wherever I can with whatever remeh-temeh matters that arise. Yes it has not been a holiday as such, but I am enjoying it nonetheless. The walks do provide some exercise though not quite like the drenchy sweaty exertion I enjoyed at home. But the villa being three-storeys high with stairs so steep you need first-class knees, I guess they (stairs and knees) help keep the old hamstrings toned. Plus the stationary bike at the top of the stairs outside our bedroom gives us no excuse to prove again the theory of inertia.
The stairway leading down to the office
The stairs leading to the third storey
The stationary bike
Madam Kulyash the landlady loves plants and the house is filled with them, all thriving. She'd come and check on them every now and again, feeling the soil for wetness. Yes, watering the plants is one of my duties here but I think they are pining for the loving care of the Madam.
Lucky for me I'm not also the cleaning-lady; the company uses a cleaning service for the general cleaning of the office area five times a week, and the living quarters twice a week, plus once a month they do a major cleaning job from top to bottom.
Madam Dhana (waving) with her permanent crew Ghul
and a part-timer
I think Ghul will have an easy time cleaning the second level - the boss's SoHo.
Bare-footed but work goes on
And I'd have to inspect the bricquettes in the indoor sauna as well, who knows someone might have used them for a summertime barbecue instead.
Anyways, that's it - no sightseeing this time, but who knows I might get called up for a another tour of "duty".
Till then, До свидания (dasveedanya) Kazakhstan.