Update from Shimkent
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We left Kzyl Orda in a taxi around 5 p.m. for a wild five hour ride over interesting roads (reminded me off a trip in Turkey - rules of the road?) to Shimkent. Along the way we did pass these hauntingly beautiful Muslim cemeteries and a herd of camels. I snapped some pics of the camels since we had to stop to let them cross the road.
We arrived in Shimkent at around 10. Checked in at a hotel and went to dinner. Then to bed. We were up early this morning for a stop at the Ministry of Education. Then we went to the orphange. We weren't able to see any children this morning as the permission from Astana hadn't yet been faxed. Hopefully this afternoon.
I'll have more to share about Kzyl Orda when I've got more time and a keyboard that works better than this one.
Thanks to everyone for your nice notes. Sorry I missed Oliver's bare butt! :)
That's all for now. Please send me your positive thoughts for finding a healthy child.