There are a lot of misperceptions about Kazakhstan, a large, landlocked country in Central Asia. Most people hear “-stan” at the end of the name and figure it’s an extension of one of those countries that you wouldn’t be caught dead in, much less choose for a vacation destination. Wrong… Kazakhstan is a delight, a place worth the verrry long plane ride and the few words of Russian you’ll need to make your way around the city. Love peace and quiet? Hate tourist crowds? Want good value for your travel money, and to meet wonderful locals who are some of the nicest hosts in the world? Want to discover a place after Europe, East Asia, and the tropics are getting their “been there, done that” feeling? Try Kazakhstan. Yes, it is cold, as I found out in the snow flurries of early October, and there’s no Hop-on Hop-off bus service (yet) — all the more reason to gear up and stay warm by taking a brisk walking tour. Just don’t be like me and take 500+ photos in one day. But, do enjoy this virtual tour.