For the last months, a lot of people have been asking me:
Hey, where is your Kazakhstan content? Why haven’t you published anything?
Yeah, it was on my endless ''things to do'' list but here we go!
Kazakhstan is the largest of all the Stans and, after Turkmenistan, it would be the most off-beat country in Central Asia.
Sure, a lot of people visit Almaty and the surrounding mountains but very few people make it beyond it.
Traditionally, during the Silk Road times, Kazakhstan had a very similar culture to Kyrgyzstan, which means that it was a land of nomads as well.
However, over the past decades, thanks to its massive oil and gas reserves, Kazakstan has developed much more than any other country in Central Asia, so a lot of people have quit the nomadic life and moved to the cities, like the completely Westernized city of Almaty, for example.
That is why, in Kazakhstan, meeting nomads and experiencing the traditional life is more difficult than in Kyrgyzstan.
When I visited the city of Turkestan, however, I was lucky to attend this traditional, cultural, annual festival, like nowhere else in the country.