NUR-SULTAN – Packing their baggage for a 10-day journey beginning Feb. 25 and operating by means of March 5, a group of 5 French vacationers didn’t anticipate that Ridder metropolis positioned in East Kazakhstan would amaze them a lot with its majestic snow-capped mountains.
In an interview with The Astana Times, one of the vacationers, Eric Modesto, mentioned that he was interested by visiting Kazakhstan since he got here throughout photos of the nation’s landscapes. “I first saw the photo of Shymbulak Mountain Resort, but its mountains were too high for us. Then I learned about Ridder, searched for information, and found a guide from Almaty, who speaks both Russian and English,” he famous.
Modesto has been snowboarding since he was two years outdated, so he shares his passion with buddies whereas touring and studying new cultures, dishes, and other people.
To date, they’ve visited the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the mountains in Sochi, Norway, and Japan, however they particularly favored the snow in Kazakhstan. “It is very cold in Ridder in winter and snow is always fresh and cold due to the sub-zero temperature, therefore ‘snow quality’ is superb,” Modesto famous.
“We are engaged in mountaineering and freeriding, so all we did was ride around while enjoying the beauty of nature. So we are absolutely delighted with our journey and tired after such a series of eventful days,” he mentioned.
Modesto burdened that Ridder is a fully totally different world, which reminds him of Europe 40 years in the past: structure and buildings are very outdated, so are vehicles, and shopping for one thing within the retailer requires assist from a salesperson.
“In European markets and supermarkets, people serve themselves. Also, we were very surprised by the service in restaurants: dishes are not served together, but as soon as the dish is done. In France, meals are served together at once,” Modesto mentioned.
As for conventional meals, he was not shocked that folks in Kazakhstan nonetheless eat horse meat as a result of French individuals used to eat it 20-30 years in the past. “For example, I remember that when I was a kid, we ate horse steak once a week. However, European people stopped eating horse meat approximately a decade ago and now we eat mainly beef. So it didn’t cause any problems for me,” he mentioned.
Mentioning his future plans, Modesto mentioned that he would really like to come to Ridder in the summertime to hike within the mountains and see some bears residing there.
He adores biking, and he would really like to strive it in Kazakhstan and set up some bike rides for amateurs. “I think that your country has great potential for the development of such sports as skiing, cycling, and hiking in the mountains. European people are looking for such ‘wild’ places,” Modesto concluded.