Archive for May, 2011

Melnitza

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

We haven’t been back there in a while, but last year (the 23rd of June 2010 to be precise) Ira’s parents came with us to Melnitza, the Ukranian restaurant about 10 minutes walk from us. Straight away Anna seemed to like the place again, and a passing waitress was picked out by her to be picked up by. We haven’t been back there this year yet, but I’m hoping we will sometime this summer.

Babushka, Dedushka & Anna At Melnitza, Astana
That Is Funny. Now Give Me The Camera!
Waving To Her Adoring Public
Something Has Anna's Undivided Attention!
Rabbits At Melnitza. Pets For Children To Play With. Not For Eating. I Think.
Anna Climbing The Stairs To A Slide
Bridge Over A Pond
Outdoor Oven At Melnitza
Mushrooms And Diarrhea Green Bears

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Cruising The Park

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The day after having a lovely meal at Melnitza, we took Anna into the park across the road from us (Astana Park is name I think). Although obviously she had been walking for quite a while already, we tended to take the pushchair with us back then for long distances, as if she got too tired, she was already a little heavy to carry around constantly.
Within Astana park, in the Summer months, there are normally at least a couple of different places that you can rent remote controlled cars. However, these aren’t 1:32 scale models that you race around, these are mini electric cars that you can put your son or daughter in, and then safely control whilst walking behind them. There are also traditional pedal powered go karts, but until Anna understands the concept of holding on, leaning into corners, and NOT trying to jump off of moving objects, the remote control ones are fine with me :)

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More Melnitza

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Couple of quick videos from the same day (23rd June 2010) as the pictures were taken. Anna seems to decide that one of the flowers in the waitress’ traditional Ukrainian costume would suit her better. Then she sits at the table like a big girl on a normal chair, and helps Babushka with her camera. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone into detail about Melnitza‘s food and service before, and not much had changed (which is a good thing) when we visited, so check out the Eating Out In Kazakhstan category for more information.

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Duman Playtime

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The following Tuesday Irina and I decided to take Anna to the Duman centre. Not the hotel and gym building, but to the aquarium/entertainment centre. We still haven’t taken her around to look at all the fishes yet, but that day (22nd of June 2010) we had a look around the other attractions. Thinking about it, there were a few goldfish in the little indoor stream they have around the restaurants, but we didn’t pay to go into the aquarium itself. Anyway, after walking around a little, Anna had a go on one of the little rides, then we headed over to the small children’s area. You pay for a block of time, and they can run around and do what they want. This was her first time in a ball pit I think, and she seemed to enjoy it. After a while she stopped running around, and spent some time at the little children’s desks and played for a while.

Anna Flying
Having A Ball Of A Time
Play & Arts Area

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