Category Archives: Kazakhstan

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 […]

Arriving at Almaty Airport with airBaltic (and What to Do Once You Land)

Arriving at Almaty Airport with airBaltic (and What to Do Once You Land) bombardier cs300 airbaltic inside of plane

I am not really someone who traditionally has been loyal to certain airlines.  I frequently flew with American Airlines in the US because I had a lot of points with them and could cash in for free flights on a regular basis.  However, once I moved to Europe… I was in a territory where discount […]

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 […]

How to Get a Kazakhstan SIM Card in Almaty (Beeline and KCell)

How to Get a Kazakhstan SIM Card in Almaty (Beeline and KCell) kcell at dostyk plaza

I have been coming to Kazakhstan for five years and have been getting SIM cards here for five years.  The process was a nightmare the first time, not a nightmare the second time, and has been a bit annoying and cumbersome the last two trips I’ve made here this year.  I told myself I would […]