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12 things you’ll only see in Kazakhstan

Davey Meelker and Sanne van Oosten

Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world and with less than 17 million inhabitants. It exists mostly out of empty steppe, but this doesn’t mean the country has no history or culture. On the contrary, with its culture of extreme hospitality and  the woeful Soviet history there is no other country than Kazakhstan.

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Kazakhstan, visualizing extremes

Davey Meelker

Kazakhstan, the country of extremes. At one moment you are enjoying a 3D movie in one of Astana’s luxerious malls, the next you are driving in a small Lada on a bumpy road looking for a hole in the ground that is called a toilet (read more here about Kazakhstan’s inequality). It really feels as if you are going to a different country when you travel from the cities to the rural areas. Those extreme differences are visually expressed in this blog

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Kazakhstan and the Dubai of the Steppe

Davey Meelker

Last week I wrote a blog about the great inequality in China, but this is nothing when you compare China to Kazakhstan. The extreme differences between cities, and especially the capital Astana, and the rural areas are striking.

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Kazakhstan’s enduring nomad mentality

Sanne van Oosten

Not many tourists visit Kazakhstan. The ninth largest country in the world is vast and empty. Therefore, many travelers leave it out of their itinerary and that is a shame. Not that there is so much to see in Kazakhstan nor is there much to do in Kazakhstan, but the people are the most hospitable people we have ever come across in all our travels.

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