Kazakhstan's perfect sleepy town
Semey is a little town located in Eastern Kazakhstan that is primarily famous for being part of the nuclear polygon, a part of the Kazakhstan used extensively for nuclear tests. But what few tourists know is that it is the perfect small town for a day trip. The day of my adventure, snow had just fell, making the town come alive. The beautiful baby blue Russian Orthodox Church, old cottages scattered around town and the various parks and monuments were a treat for my eyes. In addition, Semey has the nicest art museum in all of Kazakhstan, in both collection and ambiance. The museum staff was so charming it was hard to leave. My advice to you is at the end of a long day of sightseeing, stop off at the local café, “Kofeman”. Its 1940’s ambiance makes you feel like you are an extra in Casablanca, and the ham and cheese bliny doesn’t hurt either… here's looking at you, kid!
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