Welcome to Karatau

Karatau, Kazakhstan

I took a picture of this sign in 1997.  It was first uploaded unto one of my old websites in 2000.  Now, if there is any site or social network page focusing on Karatau, you will most likely see this image.  Most people just do not realize that I took the photo.  I still got the negatives in the US. :-) Continue Reading

Karatau Mosque – 1997

Karatau Mosque 1997

When I lived in Karatau, Kazakhstan, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, there were two mosques in the town.  With Saudi funding, the townspeople started to build a new mosque to replace the smaller older one.  Unfortunately, roughly a year before I came to Karatau, money ran out for the project.  It was never completed. In 1998, with money from the local community, the Muslims closed the old mosque and moved into the current mosque even though the building was not ready.  It was at this mosque that I Continue Reading