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Thursday, June 22, 2021

Nothing like a little a lot of oil money to ramp up a middle-of-nowhere Central Asian republic. Kazakhstan’s former capital, Almaty, is experiencing a nouveau-riche renaissance, with world-class towers creating a skyline as urban as its residents’ newfound lifestyles.

“It’s hard to describe what it was like in Almaty just a couple of years ago,” said Natalia Sludskaya, editor in chief of the Kazakhstan edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. “There’s a new style here. Men are more ambitious. Women are getting married later, they have their own apartments. Attitudes about sex are changing very fast. People know how to dress. Everything is changing.”

I know what you’re thinking: There’s actually a Kazakh version of Cosmo?? No sign of it on the Web, but I guess someone’s producing it. I’m guessing it’s in Russian, as that’s the language of choice in this former Soviet jigsaw piece.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/22/2006 12:33:42 PM
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The countdown ends. I’m flying out tonight, will touch down at Tampa International around midnight.

Weather-wise, my timing seems about right. Forecast for New York this weekend looks like nothing but thunderstorming. Tampa Bay’s also showing thunderstorms, but of the local variety: Routine everyday ones that last only 30-45 minutes. I’m well-used to that rhythm; as long as some sun peeks out at some point, I’m fine with it.

I’m crossing my fingers that my airport experience this time won’t involve the usual bullshit “security” profiling. I was spared the special shoe check the last one or two times I flew, so hopefully my luck will extend.

Partly because I left it until the last minute this morning, I managed to overpack slightly. Not too much fun toting a bag full of clothes around, but I took the subway to the office this morning, and will be taking it again to the airport this evening, so I’m not doing much sustained heavy lifting. (I would take a cab out to JFK, but the subway station is right here, and I want to ride that AirTrain again.)

Anyway, that’s that. A couple more posts here today, and then airborne. See you in Tampa.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/22/2006 11:48:47 AM
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