On your marks…

Get set to ride!  Saturday morning as I was in my kitchen I heard a familiar sound of a band warming up.  I looked out the window and saw lots of bicyclist riding around, warming up.

I decided to dress and take a walk to see what was happening.  There was a small ceremony across the street from my apartment.  I learned that Karaganda was hosting the national bicycle championships.

The last photo is of a billboard next to my apartment building.  It say, “With Love Astana”.  Astana is beginning a grand 10th anniversary celebration as the new capital starting Monday, June30 and lasting through Sunday, July 6.  There are signs all over Karaganda wishing Astana happy anniversary.