So....Kazakstan. A big empty place. I believe the original inhabitants were nomads, travelling and living in Yurts. Then, fairly recently, oil was discovered in the Caspian sea. Now the country is coming into the 21st century..but slowly. As I found on my train journey down to Tengiz, the oil camp on the south-east shores of the Caspian sea, there's a whole lot of empty space.
|View from a train - unchanging for 4 hours!|
|Pipes sand and flowers!|
|Home sweet home ?|
|Luxurious - no!!|
After a month in the camp I swore I wouldn't go back, but after a 4 week break I got asked to go back but stay in Atyrau, a city on the north bank of the sea. A lot more decent than the camp, I'm staying in a proper hotel this time and doing normal office work, so I can handle that for 4 weeks.
|Renaissance hotel with mosque behind|
|Europe on left bank, Asia to the right.|
|proud to be an oil town|