Wednesday, July 18, 2012

City Tour

This time it is going to be a Picturanry blog.  This blog is about the city tour we had about Astana. Few important points that I noted is that Astana is the youngest capital and the city is brand new and is about 10 to 15 years old. The city is also called as Little Dubai has lot of new Architectural buildings and the size of the buildings are pretty huge. 

Most of the buildings in Astana is opened on July 6th which is the Independence day of Kazakhstan and also the Birthday of the President. 

Siew Yin in the Georgian Restaurant.
At the Georgian Restaurant for the team Dinner on Saturday. This place had Karaoke and we were so thrilled to see people dance to the music
 Security Briefing day
Ben hiding his answer sheet during the orientation :-P

Vishal using his Managerial talents to write a Flowchart

Thats our Brad with Bayterek drawn on his Sheet

Belinda explaining how she made it to CSC

Divya  telling us about his exotic trips to other places
Gustavo with his Graphical representation of how he got to CSC
Karla writing down her take backs from CSC

After the Security Briefing for #ibmcsc, we went for the Street walk.

Liza and Ainura taking us for the walk to show us the supermarkets and exchange place

German Restaurant for Lunch. Yummy! :-) I ordered chicken and was like given Half of the chicken to eat. With help of Ben, Yuji and Karla I was able to complete it.
City Tour

Museum which has the First Gold man and other findings. All the ornaments worn by him is Gold.

Bayterek - This is the center of Astana City. The city was built around this structure. The legend behind this tower as a symbol is that it represents a popular tree, where the magic bird Samruk laid its egg

Karla, Me, Brad inside the Bayterek where you can see the city completely.

In the sphere on the top of Bayterek there is an imprint of president Nursultan Nazarbayev's hand. The people believe that if you keep your hand on this imprint and think of something, it will come true.

Thats me and behind me is the Green water Boulevard and the Ak Orda Presidential Palace - White House of the President.

Thats our guide for the day.

SiewYin, me and Chester taking off from Bayterek

Thats the Ministries of Kazakhstan. The building is about 1km in length.

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Pyramid of Peace) - It also houses a 1,500- seat opera house, a national museum of culture, a new “university of civilization”, a library and a research center for Kazakhstan’s ethnic and geographical groups.

Thats me in front of the “Hazret Sultan" Mosque which can house 10k people which is Central Asia's largest mosque.