The 7th Asian Winter Games will start in 5 days. All the locals are quite excited about this. There are rumours of schools and markets and certain streets being completely closed for 7 days in order to accomodate the games. Like most things Kazakh, we won't know until the very last minute. Seriously. This is one of the purpose built venues. It's really quite impressive. But Almaty was built (unknowingly) on a very active earthquake fault line. It makes me nervous every time I look at.