Photo of the Day: Astana (Kazakhstan)
Capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, is a very fast growing city that reminds other oil-rich Arab cities like Dubai. Located in the middle of nowhere (vast steppes), it's like a jewel in the desert. Its skyline is decorated with modern glass-steel skyscrapers and residential modern flats and towers that show that both wealth and business exist in that city. Well, but this is only one face of Astana. It has its other face that is typical to most of the cities/towns in the region and Russia; old and gray face, panel blocks, outdoor bazaars, pollution, etc. Prior to becoming capital, it was named Celinograd. You can guess that it was more like an industrial town. While more wealthy people live in "new" Astana, there are still many people that live in this older part of the city.
Weather was already freezing in September, and they say winters are too cold here. It is located close to Southern Siberia. And strong winds due to smooth steppe around. I was also amazed bu the high cost of living there. Entertainment is also not cheap if you want to go to some of the top clubs/bars.
In overall, it left very good impressions on me. I wish we could have such a growing capital as well.
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