The Amateur Traveler talks to Michael Soncina about his recent trip to Kazakhstan.
After a two month internship in Kyrgyzstan, Mike wanted to see the rest of Central Asia. He explored this large area on a backpacker’s budget. The only people who could tell him about Kazakhstan was the movie Borat. Kazakhstan is the 9th biggest country in the world.
“It’s just huge. It’s huge and flat, so if you don’t have a lot of time, you can’t sell all the wonderful things that are there. Kazakhstan is in a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. Officially they are this old nomadic Mongolian culture. They are one of the hordes that settled there after Genghis Khan kicked the bucket. And now, with all the oil, and all the gas, and all these natural resources, it is developing really, really fast. So in the very West end of the country, you have old mosques. In the new capital Astana, you have futuristic buildings.”
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