New Year's eve

It is late on New Year’s eve in Karaganda.  I walked to the central shopping center which is not too far from my apartment.  At 5 p.m. the center was still packed with shoppers buying last minuter gifts for New Years.

Yesterday I went to the grocery store and it was PACKED.  It so reminded me of the stores in the US the few days before Christmas.  Of course, here, New Years is the BIG celebration where family and friends will gather to exchange gifts and eat lots of food.

There will be some type of celebration across the street at midnight, so I will probably go over there since sleeping won’t be an option until all the fireworks are exploded (probaby around 1:30 or 2).

Happy New Years!