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3/6/2015 07:32 EST

Good day

I will be joining the NIS team in Uralsk in August and i have a few questions.

1) Is it possible to buy a new or second hand motorcycle for recreational purposes? (I do know it gets painfully cold there, it's just to get around to fish)

2) Do you know of any places near Uralsk where they fish for trout?

3) What do you ladies and gentlemen do in your free time?

I'm looking forward to this opportunity so much and to meet all you wonderful people soon!

3/7/2015 05:59 EST

I have seen motorcycles in Uralsk, but I think only once, when there were a whole load of them. Also saw a very old machine while running off-road. The months where you would use it are probably few as you will be on holiday for a lengthy period in the summer, unless you intend touring Kazakhstan. I would imagine that it is possible to be a biker in Kazakhstan but do not expect it to be easy. Everything is a little more difficult than it should be and requires patience and you may need to call on local friends for help.
As for fishing, people do fish - this is most evident during the winter months when the fishermen cut a hole in the ice. I think it is mainly carp and the like rather than what we would refer to in the UK as game fish (trout, charr and salmon).
As with everything, you need to network. I am sure that you will form some very special relationships with some Kazakhs who will do everything they can to help.

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4/2/2015 10:27 EST

I'm a new NIS educator in Atyrau starting in the August. Is anyone in Atyrau? How about sharing the good, bad, and ugly about NIS and Atyrau?

4/11/2015 06:07 EST

Hi. See you in August. Motorcycles are available in Uralsk although I'm not sure on how safe they would be. Locals are hit and miss with wearing protection ie helmets etc, and the bikes themselves may not be from reputable manufacturers. I don't know how foreigners would go about getting a bike, ie the licence needed. As for fishing, carp are pulled out of the river all the time. The river(s) loop the town and are quickly accessible from virtually everywhere.

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