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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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Kazakh Fashion Crushes Stereotypes

By Michelle Witte

While it’s true that all models are beautiful, the public often makes other assumptions about the svelte creatures in front of the fashion cameras that just aren’t true. And one Kazakh model is out to not only achieve success on the world’s catwalks, but to break stereotypes while doing it. “Many think that to work

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Berik Aitzhanov: Kazakhstan’s Down-To-Earth Film Star

By Michelle Witte

Berik Aitzhanov has the chiseled features and ethnic good looks you would expect of one of Kazakhstan’s most popular film stars. He is also currently appearing in one of the largest and most internationally recognized films in the history of the young country, Zhauzhurek Myn Bala. But this 33-year old actor who grew up in

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Getting Wet: Watersports in the World’s Largest Landlocked Country

By Michelle Witte

Kazakhstan is known for many things. It has a vast ancient steppe that stretches nearly the size of Western Europe. It has a new capital designed by the world’s greatest architects. It is also the world’s ninth largest country and the planet’s biggest landlocked nation. What it is not known for, however, – and logically

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