Monthly Archives: December 2006

Merry Christmas

Week 8 – We made it to Almaty

Greetings from sunny Almaty! Well, sunny in comparison to Ust which is about -15 degrees at the moment whereas Almaty is a balmy +1 degree. Our arrival was somewhat fraught as we arrived at around 9pm to a welcoming committee of about 8 people, none of whom we recognised, none of whom spoke English competently […]

Week 7 – Still in Ust

“Welcome to the Hotel California” “You can check out any time you like but… You can NEVER leave!” We got some bad news a couple of days ago, we have been caught in the middle of a change in the law governing issuing passports and the babies’ passports will not be available until 29th December […]

Week 6

Musings on nearing the end… I’m finding it increasingly hard to write anything at the moment that isn’t rather maudlin! I have become very aware that my time here in Ust-Kamenogorsk is almost over and, having been increasingly desperate to leave, I now find that I don’t want to bring this weird, emotional journey to […]

Week 5

Officially a parent – funny, it doesn’t feel any different! Radio silence has been due to lack of internet connection not anything else. Today was the day that the court decision becomes final and I am officially a mummy, at least in Kazakhstan, so we went out to the usual place, the Maslenitsa (remember the […]