Excursions in Kazakhstan

I and a few of my classmates went on a day trip to Charyn Canyon, Lake Kolsai, Lake Kaindy. Our first stop was Charyn Canyon, which the people of Kazakhstan say is the little brother of the Grand Canyon. I was especially looking forward to this stop as I had never been to the Grand Canyon back home in the U.S. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. The views from the top of the canyon were spectacular. As we walked through the canyon, we could see small animals roaming around, and when we looked up we could see eagles soaring in the sky.

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Charyn Canyon is also home to the Charyn River. My classmates and our guide stopped here to have some tea before we carried on with the rest of our trip. This was one of my favorite moments during our trip. I got to drink tea with great people in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was probably the best cup of tea I have ever had.

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We arrived at Lake Kaindy after an hour or two of driving. The drive was not particularly comfortable since we had to drive through mountains and streams. Once we arrived, we were greeted by locals selling horse rides to the lake. I jumped at the chance to ride a horse as I had never been on one before. Riding the horse was sort of scary but when I got to the lake and saw the sunken forest I forgot about all of my fears. I had been to a few other lakes in Almaty before coming to this lake but this one is by far the most beautiful.

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Our final destination was the beautiful Lake Kolsai. It had already been quite a long day and we were all very tired so we decided to sit down and relax. We sat down and watched the boats go by and chatted in Russian. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

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By: Cheyenne Hawkins

Program: Advanced Russian Language & Area Studies Program, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Term: Summer 2019

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