Atyrau Day One

October 19, 2011

oh haaayyy family and friends,

its the end of my first full day in Atyrau. here’s a picture of the marker of the asia side of the city. Theres a similar one on the other side of the bridge, shown in the picture, that says “europe”. today i walked across the bridge from asia to europe. i’ve found out that my hotel is on the europe side.

The city itself seems pretty depressing (maybe it was today’s nasty weather or perhaps the super shady taxi experience i had coming home from a supermarket) but there’s definitely fun to be had and i’ve met some local people that are extremely nice, understanding, and helpful. after a hard day of work i went to a pub that expats frequent, and had a lot of fun drinking and hanging out with some guys from south africa and england who are both here for the longish term.

it’s kind of late so more tomorrow. i go to bed in happy spirits and excited for tomorrow’s adventure.

love, annie

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