|'Kievska Pecherska Lavra' (my Kiev photos were a mixed bag)|
It seems to me that at one time, the thought of visiting Kazakhstan would call to mind the so-called 'Great Game' - the rivalry which defined the relationship between the Russia and Britain in the 19th century. In the 21st century however, it's the 'Beautiful Game' which fires the imagination of people on every continent. I believe Russia should look at 'Mexico '86' as the model for the tournament they hope to stage in 2018...
*aka a 'piece of eight'.
**i'm supposed to be walking, after all.