We savored stunning mountain landscapes, lush valleys, and seemingly Photoshopped sunsets. We tackled humbling off-road drives and river crossings in rugged Russian vans that were surprisingly comfortable and as durable as an Energizer bunny. We ate meat. A LOT of meat.
In a recent group post we wrote about traditions for naming children in different countries. Traditionally, Kazakh parents invited relatives to a besik toi party for a new baby. After gathering around the cradle, an honored guest or relative would be invited to name the child. Although a modern besik toi might take place in an urban banquet hall rather than a yurt , Kazakh names are still closely connected to the lived world and to the Kazakh language.