After reaching on the edge of Pavlodar city, we were unexpectedly greeted by large masses of medias, local population , Astana pro local cyclists group and of course the city mayor who cycled 10 km with us towards city center where we did press conference and interacted with local population….
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Pavlodar, here we come.. Large industrial and cultural center of kazakhstan…
After a morning of cycling, an afternoon of media interviews and ceremony, we were all taken to a river for a short swim and game of volleyball! Thanks to Bimal from Nepal who climbed up to take this photo! Bimal was also elected as one of the new International Student Representatives of the IPPNW Student Movement.
It all started as a joke, when we had our first volleyball game at Semey waiting for the start of the bike tour. Where what started as a friendly game between two teams, come to be the greatest phenomenon in the bike tour; the Crocodile and the chicken teams battle; mind you, don’t be deceived by the title of the teams.
In our time in Kazakhstan, we have learned that the Kazakh people are very hospitable! We were lucky enough to experience many welcomes from Semey to several tiny villages, all the way to Astana. One of the most common traditions that enchanted our group was when a group of elder women wearing traditional clothing would greet us at the village entrance and sing to us while throwing chocolate at us (melted from the 40 C weather)! Our welcome parties ranged from performances of dancers and singers in the village, to group ensemble performances, to cycling teams joining us, to children shyly peeking at the foreigners, to a song being written for us.
Hi again! Thanks for your patience as we waited for internet and the opportunity to blog again.
Cycling through Kazakhstan.