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Fly High: Freestyle Motocross Come to the Capital

By Michael Jacobsen

Strolling through Astana’s streets, you’d expect to see great architecture, a mix of cultures and lots of women in very high-heeled shoes. What you wouldn’t expect to see are motorcycles soaring through the air topped by the world’s best freestyle motocross riders. But that’s exactly what happened this summer when four of the planet’s most

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A Man and His Eagles: A Steppe Tradition

By Alex Lee

The old expression says that a dog is man’s best friend. And that might be true for some. But in Kazakhstan, eagles reign supreme. And one long-time Kazakh resident has dedicated his life to the birds. “To be a falconer (one who hunts with eagles or falcons), you have to accept this lifestyle. Maybe I

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A Smokin’ Good Time: The Sweet Small of Hookah

By Alex Lee

Smoking cigarettes and even cigars in some countries is on the way out. It’s just not as fashionable as it used to be in many places, including Kazakhstan, to pull out a cigarette and start smoking at your restaurant or nightclub table. But there is one form of the burning smoke that has been around

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Modern Day Batyrs: Ancient Kazakh Martial Art Survives

By Alex Lee

Kazakhstan is a modern, peaceful and peace loving nation. Its more than 130 ethnicities of multiple religions live side by side and its international relationships are equally weighed between East and West. But there was once a less peaceful time across the Eurasian steppe. A time when Kazakh batyrs, or warriors, were forced to defend

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Paying to Sit: A Locals Take on a Nightlife Custom

By Alex Lee

Life in Kazakhstan’s major cities is getting better and better. Almaty and Astana are growing and becoming more internationally known. And the social and nightlife scenes in both cities are hopping. But there is one aspect of social life in Astana and Almaty that might take you a little while to get used to –

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