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Astana is a fascinating place. The people aren't necessarily warm and embracing, but they were generally very friendly to us. It's cold in winter and a long way from western Europe, but if you can handle those two things, you can have a great time there for a couple years. - Oct 19, 2017
This hasn't been the easiest post but it is safe and clean, with good people. - Jun 18, 2014
It can be boring, so bring hobby-type things to do. As long as you dress properly in winter, it is nice to go outside. The sun shines here a lot, so it isn't a gloomy winter -- which has been a plus. There are some nice things (rock climbing wall, play centers, amusement rides and video games) for kids to do inside at the malls. Each year we have seen improvements to the city. - Sep 13, 2010
See my blog: http://the-oyster.blogspot.com/ - Jan 29, 2008