Thursday 17 June 2010

Kazakhstan Trip

The great thing about my job is that i get to go to places i would have never dreamt / thought of exploring really... And thats why that was another mindbloooooowing trip !!!!
7 hours flight from London, i landed in Almaty (+2 Millions inhabitants) which was da previous Kazakhstan capital 12 or 13 years ago (Astana is the nu 1) and my friend Rustam Ospanoff (gr8 music promoter/dj/radio host & more...) took me straight 2 dinner in a 24h american dinner & we got to talk deeeeep like we dig it :-) ... Friday midday he brought me wid some friends to one of Almaty's top hill, Kok-Tube, via cable car (after a short breakfast and a few sips of camel milk, not my favourite but had to try hahaha!) so we could see the whole city and check out the view on the majestic surrounding mountains. Fun times in the park (the rollercoaster riiiiide whaaaaaaaat) but was time 2 head down 2 da radio 4 a quick live set transmission on EnergieFm, then we drove straight to the mini outdoor festival which was an hour out of the city, right by an artificial lake. Was kinda like in a resort wid swimming pools and stack of speakers all over & about a thousand of youngsters showed up @ da party. I ended playin late, nearly 'till da sunrise then Rustam finished in a superb house selection. Wasn't too impressed by all the djs but still had mad fun & we had some hysterical moments in the morning... Kazakh people are truly beautiful, a real mixture between Europe & Asia (many tribes !!),  physically and culturally of course, and every1 communicates in russian, quite fascinatin ... After a short sleep we drove back 2 Almaty to meet one of Rustam's friend & design master, Nurlan.  Now this cat is increeeeeeeeeeedible !!!! The stuff he does, designs and creates is totally mind-blowing... (wish i'd knew his website so you could check his work) . We had tea & then he  drove us to the closest mountain to see the sun dive (3000 m), was absolutely perfect timing to get plenty of fresh energies towards the long nite that was awaiting... 
 After a fantastic meal in a weird Scottish/Kazakh Pub (supa tasty lamb & veggies) Rustam & i went to play in a club called Da Freak Club & we got the grls dancin' pretty early haha... Sunday mornin he kindly brought me back 2 da airport directly from the club. Honestly i can't wait to come back in this part of the world !!!! :-)
 Maaaaaaaassive luv & thnx to Rustam (Positive Force!!!), Nurlan the Peaceful Warrior (Universal Paradox hahaha!!!), Artyom & Dorian, Julia, Arman & Islam & all the drivers (may the airport Opel cab report immediatly!!!) . Borat hasnt a clue about his country hahaha :-)

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