Yearly Archives: 2010

New Year’s Eve, KazBurns-Style

While Kazakhstanis celebrate their biggest holiday of the year, the KazBurns have developed their own family traditions to bring in the new year.  We spent the day today sharing  favorite songs/books/movies and reflecting on highlights/defining moments of the past year; then the evening was filled with gingerbread house construction. Once the gingerbread dough was made, the kids […]

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Alpenskaya Roza: More Sledding Fun!

Despite the fact that everyone’s clothes were soaked from yesterday’s hike (and the heat was turned off during the night, causing the radiator “dryers” to cease functioning), we went out to enjoy our concluding morning in the mountains with more sledding adventures! The hill was far more icy/hard this morning, making the “penguin slide” slightly less […]

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Alpenskaya Roza, Day 2: Snow Hike

We planned our biggest mountain adventure for today – a hike from Alpenskaya Roza, through Lunaya Polyana, over several steep hills, through numerous plateau-like valleys, to destination Big Almaty Lake overlook. We hiked this particular route at the beginning of our Peak Sovietov graduation hike last June and have “fond” memories of getting soaked in world’s worst hail storm .  Today we […]

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A Family Get-Away: Alpenskaya Roza!

In order to have some concentrated family time, we scheduled a mini-vacation at a small resort, The Alpine Rose, just a short drive up into our beloved Tien Shan Mountains.  Although the roads were quite slick and the climb a bit treacherous for our Galloper, we arrived safely at the resort by lunchtime. We checked in, nourished ourselves […]

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Some Assembly Required

Snowmen fall from heaven. . . unassembled.

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