The situation is we're heading to Kazakhstan on Wednesday. That's pretty much on the other side of the world from here. The map above (here's a larger version) shows some of the main cities. We'll be spending time in Almaty, which is the main city and located near the southern border, and Ust-Kamenogorsk, which sits up in the northeast. For those of you who follow Kazakh geography, "Ust" is now perhaps better known as Oskemen, the Kazakh version of the name. Everyone still seems to call it Ust, though. It's catchy that way.
The trip itself is a long one. We're flying Dulles - Frankfurt - Almaty, which comes out to 7,253 miles. It's about 8 hours to Frankfurt, a 4 hour layover, then another 6 1/2 hours to Kazakhstan. On the bright side, we'll get to see Spanglish for free.
We plan to take a lot of pictures, some of which should show up at this site. Internet access will be sporadic during the first couple of weeks in Ust, but should get better in Almaty. So, by all means, email us.