Taraz and Turkestan – Windows to Kazakhstan’s Past

From a Western perspective, Kazakhstan may come across as the “middle of nowhere”. The country is not very populous or receive much limelight in western-centric media. However, given the history of Central Asia, Kazakhstan turns out to be the middle of everything - Central Asia has long been a crossroads of civilization, a melting pot … Continue reading Taraz and Turkestan – Windows to Kazakhstan’s Past

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When you say “hike” …what exactly do you mean?

If you are looking for a city to study Russian, but do not want frigid temperatures to trap you inside for four to nine months, Almaty is the city for you! Kazakhstan allows students to study Russian language with the great outdoors of Central Asia at their doorstep, literally. Every morning when I walk to … Continue reading When you say “hike” …what exactly do you mean?

Kazakhstan’s EXPO 2017 – The Embodiment of Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Plans

Greetings from Almaty, Kazakhstan! I will be in Almaty for a semester through the American Councils’ Russian Language and Area Studies Program. Before I left, many people would ask me why I would be studying abroad in Kazakhstan. For many Americans, Kazakhstan generally perceived as a backwards country. This perception is usually fueled by Kazakhstan’s … Continue reading Kazakhstan’s EXPO 2017 – The Embodiment of Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Plans

First month in Kazakhstan: a Uighur Wedding Analogy

Before I left I was expecting to land in a different world. I mean: Kazakhstan! It seemed so far away, so foreign. But it seems that a recurring feeling that I have been having since I’ve been here is like a grandiose sense of expecting the unexpected but then being hit with something just weird. … Continue reading First month in Kazakhstan: a Uighur Wedding Analogy