Pictures from Astana

November 3, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

Here are some pictures from Astana. This first one is a view from the New part of town. There are a lot of insane looking buildings here.

  The ball thing in the middle is the Bayterek monument. It’s supposed to symbolize a bird coming out of a nest or something like that.  This second picture is from one of the top floors of a revolving restaurant in a very new and very fancy hotel. Way in the back there, you can see an enormous tent. That’s the Khan Shatyr mall, the largest tent in the world. Here I am at the “beach” in the Khan Shatyr mall. I found it pretty cheesy but had to go there to check it out.

They keep it nice and toasty inside and make you put little bags on your shoes if you are wearing them. The lady showing me around was very reluctant to let me sit on the chairs to take a picture. Here’s yet another view of Astana, there is a lot of construction going on. Because they don’t already have enough crazy buildings. This next one was taken inside of the Pyramid building. My mom told me to check out the inside of the “pyramid” building and she was right on. It’s the center for cultural and religious things in Astana. Here I am doing the royal wave at the conference room at the top of pyramid.

A few years ago, they had a conference in there with major religous figures in the world.

Lastly, here I am at the top of the Bayterek monument, doing the “put your hand in the President’s handprint and take a picture” thing that everyone does here! Of course, these aren’t the only pictures, just some highlights. If you want to see more, just ask.





One Response to “Pictures from Astana”

  1. asking for more, love you

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