A couple of Sundays ago we drove out of the city--about 20 minutes and found a huge apple orchard. It is from the former Soviet years when this was farmed for the state. B/c no one owns it, people come out in the fall and pick the apples and sell them on the side of the road. It was pretty nice in there and very quiet besides the cows and goats running around--free range--we thought Grassy was bad with cows wandering on the road but Kazakhstan is free range in the both the city and the outskirts.
We would of taken more pictures but we decided to use the self timer and it drained the battery after just two pictures. Dave had a comment about a "Whole lot of Ugly" and that is why the camera died.
The other picture is so typical of the area. Beautiful homes on the slope with great views of the valley, city down below and mountains on the other side but I guess it is too far to the dump or maybe convenience is what it is all about--Let's just dump the garbage down the hill!!!