"No I didn't give you the gift of life, but life gave me the gift of you!"

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Life in Aqtobe

A fun post today. Here are some photos of life in Aqtobe.

The steam from the basement of the apartments pushes the snow/frost up the apartment to nearly cover several windows and balconies.

Yes, here is a clothes line that is actually in use during the freezing winter months, and this is the only clothes line out in the city, this is just one of probably...........a million in just Aqtobe. I guess the clothes do dry, even though they may dry as icycles. The people then bring their clothes inside to dethaw in their balconies and it is said that they are very fresh and all bacteria are now gone. Check out the icycles on the sweater. Crazy!

Garbage and garbage removal. Check out the bobcat, there is a blanket over the engine, man is it cold.

Here are a couple photos of kids in Aqtobe. One of my favorite things about life here is seeing the little kids all bundled up like marshmallows being pulled by their parents on these little wooden sleds.


Evy, Davy & Ilyan said...

Hey man, nice pictures :)
I really enjoy reading your blog. You have such nice ways of saying something (shooting cheerios haha).
Anyway thanks for the wondeful times we spent together and I hope you find somebody else to steal Z's toys

Liz said...

-17 Below!! I know you keep saying it is cold, but my gosh! It was that cold here yesterday and everything practically shut down. And we thought WE were tough in MN!! I guess we have been proven wrong! :)

1 week! I cant believe it! I can't wait to see you guys and meet Z. Have a great time and enjoy every second of your last days in Kaz!

Alysa said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks so much for the tour of real life in Kaz.


Susan said...

the icicles on the sweater...now that is insane. love the picutres. Z will really like having these when she is older. :)

flyingfish347 said...

Okay, so I'm looking at the trash pictures, and I'm thinking to myself, that's not a bobcat! That's a dog! Then I realized you meant the heavy machinery.

In all my blond glory-

Regina said...

LOL -- I thought you meant the dog was a bobcat too. I thought "what the????" :-)

Great pictures. Sweater-cicles rock.

Izaak, Elijah & Ty 'Bear'

Izaak, Elijah & Ty 'Bear'
Cousins (Izaak wants to name my daughter (his cousin) Isabella, Sant (for 'Santa') or Hershey (his friend's dog's name.) Hmmmm I told him that if we name her 'Hershey,' that would mean that we get to give her a lot of kisses.

Kolter Matthius Simon

Kolter Matthius Simon
Littlest Cousin......possibly. Kolter may indeed be the same age as his little girl cousin in Kaz. :)