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K is for…Kazakhstan


For the A to Z Challenge, I was really trying to stay away from focusing on countries for my letter choices, but I had the worst time thinking of something for K.  I even went as far as to ask random people at restaurants to give me the first K word that came to mind…but all I got was kittens, kids and Kansas.  And, let’s face it…Kansas is the worst state I’ve ever been to.

But, I’m kind of glad I gave up and picked a country after all because I’m excited to talk about Kazakhstan – ever since I saw a few pictures of this uncommon destination, I knew I had to go here.  The ‘Stans don’t get enough love.

Where is Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is located in Central Asia and borders Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.  It is the ninth largest country and the largest landlocked country in the world.

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Ascension Cathedral

The Ascension Cathedral is located in Almaty and is the second tallest wooden building in the world.  All those colors and detail is just simply amazing to me.
Almaty's Ascention Cathedral

Big Almaty Lake

This lake is located in the Zailiysky Alteau Mountain Range just a short drive outside of Almaty and looks absolutely stunning.  The lake can range in colors varying between green, turquoise or gray. IMG_0370

Kucherla Lake

Lake Kucherla is located in the Altai Mountains and makes up part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Golden Mountains of Altai.” Kucherla Lake, Siberia


Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan and sits on the Ishim River.  Astana has much to offer including museums, monuments, theaters and sporting events.

Central Downtown Astana, Kazakhstan

Is Kazakhstan on your list or have you ever been?  Is this what you pictured when you think of the ‘Stans?

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge [2014]. 

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  1. Meagan | LifeOutsideOfTexas.com

    April 13, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Kansas is the worst state I’ve ever been to too… but shhh! Don’t tell anyone from Kansas I said that!

    My boyfriend may end up working in Kazakhstan for his next project (we are currently based in Korea). I wouldn’t live there because he’d be on a 4 week rotation (4 weeks of work, 4 weeks home). I’m sure there are a lot of gorgeous places to see there, but the extreme heat in summer and cold in winter does not make me envy him if his job moves there!

  2. Anabel

    April 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    My former boss went to Kazakhstan a couple of times and loved it. However, he wasn’t big on photographs so these came as a surprise – especially the cathedral.

  3. Syd

    April 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Gorgeous! I confess I know nothing about Kazakhstan, but now I’m intrigued. On a serious note, what the hell are you going to do for X?

  4. Calli

    April 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Wow, Kazakhstan is gorgeous. I love learning more about countries I’ve never really looked into. Great idea for K, very original 🙂

  5. Sammi

    April 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Wow! Kazakhstan, and no mention of Borat! Well done, great post 🙂

  6. birgit

    April 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    How beautiful the country and that church!!! I love the colours. I always know there is more to a country than one really knows. We hear of stereotypes or we think that it will just be grey and lifeless because of the news or lack of news about a place. I am glad you represented it here and can’t wait what else you will bring

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  8. Gabor Kovacs

    April 15, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    I don’t know many travelers who visited Kazahstan, actually all these “-shtan” countries are a quite unexplored area by tourists! Probably I am intrigued by it because of this, it must be a really authentic experience to travel around these countries.

  9. Leslie

    April 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    A good friend of mine actually lives in Kazakhstan right now. I would love the chance to go visit her while she’s there! The pictures I see are quite beautiful.

  10. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    April 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Ohhhh Lake Kucherla is so darm pretty! Thanks for this great read.

  11. Donna Amis Davis

    April 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Yep, Kazakhstan is on our list. Along with all the other ‘Stans. That church is truly unique. And the countryside looks lovely, too. Great post! Good luck with your prep for your travels.

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