Category Archives: Kazakhstan

My Top 17 Favorite Things to Do in Astana, Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan)

baiterek at sunset in astana kazahstan

Believe it or not, I traveled back to Astana, Kazakhstan.  I said it would never happen after my last trip there and I was pretty insistent on that for years.  But times changed, I grew up, and I came to realize that there were probably things to do in Astana these days that didn’t exist […]

Kostanay, Kazakhstan: Spending Winter in ‘Almost’ Siberia

Kostanay, Kazakhstan is almost Siberia.  Almost.  It lies very close to the Russian border and in the northern Kazakh steppe.  There is nothing for miles and miles…and miles…and miles. Summer is probably beautiful there.  I imagine parks open with ferris wheels spinning and kids laughing while eating their pink cotton candy.  I imagine teenagers sitting […]

Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan: A Turquoise Slice of Tragic History and Pleasure Near Almaty

Lake Issyk, Kazakhstan: A Turquoise Slice of History and Pleasure Near Almaty

Kazakhstan is the gift that keeps on giving.  I never ventured too far outside of my Almaty bubble in the country in recent years because I just felt at home and was okay wasting my days away inside of cafes and pubs.  I really didn’t realize just how much there was to see and do […]

Should You Travel to Astana, Kazakhstan?

Should you travel to Astana, Kazakhstan? Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center and Mall

Astana, Kazakhstan is one of the weirdest places I have ever visited.  If you even just Google “Astana”, you will find several other people using the word “weird” as a word to describe the city of just over a million people in the middle of the Kazakh steppe.  Despite it having a rather extensive history, […]

16 Delicious Restaurants in Almaty, Kazakhstan to Satisfy All Tastes

15 Delicious Restaurants in Almaty, Kazakhstan to Satisfy All Tastes

Almaty, Kazakhstan has a variety of delicious places to eat for the hungry traveler. This is a guide to the best restaurants in Almaty. It will include Almaty restaurants that focus on traditional Central Asian food in addition to giving vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and international options for those looking to enjoy something different to eat […]