When most people think of Kazakhstan they probably picture Borat and big open spaces.
It is true, it is full of wide open spaces. When traveling through the country you will see farmland for as far as the eye can see. You’ll see deserts and oil fields and a vast landscape with wide open skies. It’s beautiful, like a desert. You’ll feel as if you are the only person in the world. While we camped our way through the country, we would sit alone at night in silence. Every so often a farmer or family would stop at our campsite to say hello or watch us work. They couldn’t understand why we were sitting in the middle of a field. We loved the solitude of the countryside.
We didn’t expect the modern cities of Astana. These two photos couldn’t be more contrasting examples of how the country is changing. Astana has recently become the nation’s capital. They are doing everything they can to make Astana an international city. It has the most interesting architecture with futuristic malls and strange formations. Astana is on its way to making a name for itself on the world stage.
Kazakhstan is made up of two main religions; Islam and Russian Orthodox Christianity. In many cities, you can find symbols of both. Below is the Russian Orthodox Church, which is located less than a kilometer from the Mosque in Aktobe
The Nur-Gasyr mosque marks the divide between the Old city and the new city. Both the Orthodox Church and the mosque were opened together as a show of religious solidarity by Kazakhstan’s president and Russia’s president in 2008.
Monuments are common all over Central Asia. Homage is paid to leaders and Warriors alike. Below is the beautifully designed Nazarbaev Park. It was opened in honour of Kazakhstan’s current president.