I'm alive and well. In fact so far my experience is fantastic; it remains to be seen whether the honeymoon period will wear off.
I start work Monday, at which point I will have internet access regularly. That's also the point at which I will write something more thorough, I think.
Meanwhile, tomorrow I will get to go watch the elections for AIESEC Almaty. They have 14 applicants for seven roles, and the whole election process is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.! Holy crap, eh?
Finally, I saw on Shanky's blog that he has been mugged quite badly. Keep him in your thoughts.