Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Etymology

The name “Kazakh” comes from the ancient Turkic word qaz, “to wander”, reflecting the Kazakhs’ nomadic culture. The name “Cossack” is of the same origin. The Persian suffix -stan means “land” or “place of”, so Kazakhstan can be literally translated as “land of the wanderers”. Though traditionally referring only to ethnic Kazakhs, including those living in China, Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other neighbouring countries, the term “Kazakh” is increasingly being used to refer to any inhabitant of Kazakhstan, including non-Kazakhs. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Almaty Fun Times Meetup – Just arrived in town. Looking for fun and adventure. As a ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for! [meetup]

Astana Dancing for Freedom Meetup – Hey World! Welcome to the group of passionate freedom dancers. We like to dance, to explore, to inquire. Whether you tried dancing before or not it does not matter. We are not concerned about form, we dance for soul! [meetup]

DiningSmart Almaty – DiningSmart is a Club and community which hopefully becomes global one day. Progressive minds of both men, women meet, learn and discuss how to live long and lead healthy and successful life. DiningSmart is a registered trademark which rights are reserved. Our slogan is “DiningSmart – Love the Way You Eat”. [meetup]

Overachievers Almaty – This voluntary and non profit community is for like-minded people interested in achieving goals & dreams, leadership, entrepreneurship, inspiration, motivation, coaching, personal and selv development, financial growth and lifestyle design who want to share successes, challenges and new ideas with others. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Astana Singles – With free membership you can create your own profile, share photos and videos, contact and flirt with other Astana singles, visit our live chat rooms and interest groups, use instant messaging and much more! [metrodate]

Expatica Kazakhstan – Are you an Expatriate Single in Kazakhstan looking for True Love? No matter what your background is, our Expatriate dating community will help you find your perfect lover. Hundreds of criteria will be automatically checked to ensure you find your Expatriate soulmate. [kazakhstandating.expatica]

Kazakh Girls – If you want to meet a truly exotic beauty then you will want to try Kazakh Dating. Kazakhstan is where the East meets the West in a delightful mix that produces women who have both the long, legged beauty of Eastern European girls combined with the dark and sultry looks of Asia. [kazakh girls]

Topface –  A fast and easy way to date in Astana, Kazakhstan. No registration needed, login using Facebook or Vkontakte , use apps for iOS and Android to be online more often. [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Advantour – Kazakhstan tours will introduce you the largest country of Central Asia. Modern Kazakhstan tourism attracts with a wide range of programs: famous high-mountain resort Medeu, the world’s first spaceport Baikonur, grandiose Charyn canyon, unique Sufi monuments, ancient cities of Taraz, Shymkent and Turkestan. Felt yurts, healing kumys, endless steppes – that is all Kazakhstan. You will remember this land with its bright and unique nomadic culture. [advantour]

Free Tours in Kazakhstan – Join our tour and hear stories about the following events. On our walking tour you learn about eventful history and personalities of Almaty, the appearance of the city and its harmoniously combined styles, images and characters of past times and events. [free tour]

Wild Frontiers – As well as the Silk Road monuments in the south and vast steppe lands to the north, a real attraction of Kazakhstan is the mountains along its southern fringes, with their icy peaks, clear lakes, swift rivers, and forested valleys. This is not the country recently made famous in the West by inimitable Borat – the Kazakhstan you will visit is pure adventure. [wild frontiers travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bayanaul National Park – With such a vast landscape, Kazakhstan has more national parks than you can shake a DSLR at. The parks are home to mountain ranges and lakes, but the most popular amongst the locals is the Bayanaul National Park. Home to four fresh water lakes, this land was named Kazakhstan’s first national park in 1985. The most popular spot for swimmers is the Jays By Lake. [gap year]

Bayaterek Tower – Yet another astounding building that cannot be missed in Astana is the Bayterek Tower. Shaped like a tree holding an egg, this building is 97 metres high to represent the year that Astana became to capital of Kazakhstan – that’s 1997, if you didn’t get that. [gap year]

Charyn Canyon – Known as the Grand Canyon’s ‘Little Brother’, the Charyn Canyon is the second largest in the world. There are lots of different ways for gappers to explore the orange rock formations, whether you want to get up close or take in the view at a safe distance. [gap year]

Chimbulak Ski Resort – Back to the rural landscapes of Almaty, adventurous backpackers should take advantage of the Zalesky Alatau Mountains. You can take the gondola lifts to the height of the mountains and depending on what season you’re visiting, you can either ski or hike down. [gap year]

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre – This 500 ft. high tent is based in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. The unique construction is something that every backpacker with a flexible budget should check out. This standout piece of architecture is home to a shopping and entertainment centre, an internal park, boating river, mini golf, and an indoor pool and beach – with sand flown over from the Maldives. [gap year]

Kolsai Lakes – Whilst you’re in the Almaty area it would be worth taking in the scenery of the Kolsai Lakes. The scenery is not too different from the lakes of Alaska, with snow-capped mountains reflecting in the clear blue water, contrasting with the bright green vegetation. Channel your inner Bear Grylls by following hiking trails and sleeping in yurts, and if you don’t think you have the fitness capability for a day’s hike, then you can explore the trails on horseback. [gap year]

Medeu High-Mountain Skating Rink – There’s always something magical about ice skating outdoors, but ice skating in the mountains takes it to a whole new level. Located 1,700 metres above sea level, the Medeu High-Mountain Skating Rink is the highest in the world. The ice rink, which is found near Kazakhstan’s former capital, Almaty, used to be a training centre for Soviet Union Olympic skaters, and still holds some exciting winter sport events. [gap year]

The Central State Museum – Built in 1985, the Central State Museum is the largest in Central Asia. Not only that, but this is also the only museum in Central Asia to exhibit anthropology, alongside ethnography and history. You may need to put an entire day aside to take your time wondering around this huge museum, especially if you’re one of the rare few who read every artefact description. [gap year]

The Green Bazaar – Grab your purse and leave your breakfast at the hotel whilst you take in the scents, sounds and tastes of the Kazakh food and lifestyle in its most famous market. Here you can see plenty of fresh produce, haggle with the locals and enjoy the market’s atmosphere. [gap year]

Zenkov Cathedral – The century-old Zenkov Cathedral is an architectural wonder. Made without using a single nail, this brightly coloured wooden building can be found, without too much difficulty, in Panfilov Park in Almaty. The interior of the building also has some intriguing art and furnishings, so if you’re a history/culture buff, this will make the perfect day out. [gap year]

Festivals

Festivals

Kazakhstan Nations Unity Holiday / Labour day – 1 May: – Also famous as the Kazakhstan Nations Unity Holiday, 1st may – Labor day commemorates the Kazakh workers through street festivals and parades. [kazakhstan]

Kurban: – The end of a month of daytime fasting i.e. Ramadan is celebrated by the feast. On this day, big feasts and celebrations are organized by the Muslim people. [kazakhstan]

Men’s Day – Feb 23: – Previously, Feb 23 was celebrated as the official Soviet Army Day in the Soviet Union. Now it is famous as Men’s day and they usually receive the gifts from women. [kazakhstan]

Nauryz – 22 March: – 22 March is s Asian “New Year” day. On this day, street festivals and the family celebrations are organized in big cities. [kazakhstan]

Russian Orthodox Easter: – The second Sunday in April brings the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Special bread known as “Kulich” is baked for this festival. [kazakhstan]

Uraza (Ramadan): – Ramadan is wellknown as a month of daytime fasting and practiced by the Muslims in all over the country. [kazakhstan]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Car and motorcycle – Traffic police and poor roads (in that order) are the main hazards of driving in Kazakhstan. Main intercity roads may have bad, potholed stretches but are mostly in decent condition. Huge infrastructure projects are massively improving some major trunk routes. [lonely planet]

Marshrutka, Minibus & Taxi – For many intercity trips, taxis offer a much faster alternative to buses and minibuses. They’re generally found waiting outside bus and train stations and you can either rent the whole cab or share it with three other passengers at a quarter of the price (about double the corresponding bus fare). Sharing may involve some time waiting around for other passengers to materialise. [lonely planet]

Train – Trains serve all cities and many smaller places. They’re a good way to experience Kazakhstan’s terrain, vast size and people. Except for small local trains, tickets are best bought in advance. Station ticket queues can be slow, but all cities also have downtown train-booking offices, called Zheleznodorozhnaya Kassa (Russian) or Temir Zhol Kassasy (Kazakh), where you can buy tickets more conveniently at a small commission. Always take your passport when buying tickets. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

OpenStack Kazakhstan User Group – OpenStack Kazakhstan User Group invites you to join and attend meetups. [meetup]

Startup Grind Almaty – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Almaty Spanish Language Meetup – We are a group of professionals who would like to learn Spanish language together. You do not have to be a fluent speaker to join our group. We read the articles, discuss about the main topics, discuss about the movies or any other topics, share with best practices to learn a new language. [meetup]

Your Expat Community in Kazakhstan – Qoş keldiñizder, dobro pozhalovat, hello, and welcome to the InterNations expat community in Kazakhstan! InterNations is an international network that has been specially created to assist you with all the issues, large and small, of moving abroad. Many expats in Kazakhstan have greatly enjoyed the resources and advice available from fellow expats on InterNations when relocating and adapting to their new surroundings. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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