Photographer's Note

During my four days jeep trip in the eastern part of Kazakhstan, I stayed two night in the guest house in Saty. This is the main base for going to Kolsai Lakes and Charyn Canyon.
The village of Saty does not look like a typical tourist village in western countries. It's completely local and there is no Internet, shopping centers, pubs or any modern things of this sort. I didn't even notice a hotel there! Most probably, you must know some locals to know in which house to stay.

Everything is made in a local style - the experience is unforgettable and so worth it! The food is prepared out of local ingredients grown by local farmers, at dusk it gets quiet and you feel as if you've traveled in time some 100 years back.

In the evening we sat with the hosts eating horse meat and drinking a lot of tea, and chatting long time. I exchanged with the lady how to make traditional Polish cookies that are similar to Kazakh ones, later she prepared Russian steam bath for me. I got up very early in the morning and walked around the village. I saw the mosque, old cemetery and cows, sheep and horses on the meadows.

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The same meadow, opposite direction, with the Tian Shan in the background.

My favorite is this view of a old cemetery but no people around.

This is my 50th post from Kazakhstan. I hope you have found my series interesting as the most places have been shown for the first time here.

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