Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hunting for Lenin and Lattes

What am I going to do? What am I going to do? What am I going to do? I thought to myself while going stir crazy in my hotel room (they are still working out paperwork to arrange our flats). 

So, I texted Flowergirl and asked if she fancied going out and about,  thankfully she did. 

I have priorities in life, one happens to be finding a good spot to have a caffeine fix, and in particular a good latte. There is something soothing to me about a good cup of coffee, I cannot survive on only Nescafe for an entire year. Unfortunately Starbucks has not ventured in the Kazakhstan as of yet, (Someone please send me a Pumpkin Spice Latte), so I knew it would be time to try some new places and find something equally good, or better (one can always hope). After an extensive Google search a few options cropped up and after assessing them scientifically (okay, I totally judged them by their names...) one caught my eye: Booblik - a french bakery. While the latte was standard, nothing special or fancy just a good ol' latte, the atmosphere and the staff made the experience very enjoyable. I can see it quickly becoming a favorite spot to hang out or do some work after school at. It also happens to have fantastic deserts...

After recharging with a surge of caffeine Flowergirl and I set out to hunt down the mysteriously hidden massive Lenin Statue. We knew the general direction and had a somewhat decent description of where the statue was, it looked to be about a 45 minute walk from the cafe. We set off down Aztyrek Avenue, moseying down to discover whatever it had in store for us, this street happens to have a lot going on. Tons of restaurants and little shops, quite the place to hang around. One of the first things that I noticed was the amount of people out, walking around (that's right! people walk here!) and enjoying their friends and families company.

After walking for what seemed like hours, we saw what appeared to be a large pair of feet on top of a stone block.
"That must be Lenin!" I exclaimed.
"Hurrah" replied Flowergirl.

You would think that there would be some sort of special space designated for a statue of his size, not so much. Lenin is situated in a small courtyard on a street with private residences, walking up to the statue, placed just in front of the walls of residences there are busts of Lenin lining the side walk. It was truly a Statue Graveyard, that looks as though no one looks after. Amazing.

The Lenin statue is absolutely massive and so well done. Truly beautiful sculpting. It was well worth the walk and the adventure.

Here are the coordinates to the statue if you are feeling adventurous!