You’re going where and why???

Map of Kazakhstan (Image property of

Well, as many of you know, I’m leaving in a little over a week for a three month work assignment in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  It was a rare opportunity that presented itself, so it was too hard to pass up.  I’m going to try to blog regularly once I’m over there but we’ll have to see how things go, given my work schedule and regular internet availability.

So what about the blog title?  Well, in my meager effort to learn something about the place I would be going, I was intrigued to learn that the domesticated apple originated in the area around Almaty.  The apple grows in the wild in the mountains to the south of the city.  Scientists apparently used genetic testing to determine its origins.  Since Almaty is an old city that made up part of the Silk Road, it didn’t take long for the apple to make its way around that world in the various forms we see today.

Well, I’m sure this factoid is only the tip of the iceberg.  I’m hopeful that in my short three months there I can begin to get a glimpse of a country and people that have remained relatively unknown to the outside world.  Let’s explore Almaty together!

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