Well, Kazakhstan was never in my must visit list, but 3 years ago I had a chance to meet Garna Kazakh Divchuna Altynay Raskali who became a very special friend in my life😘 We can’t go for a cup of coffee on the weekends or just go to do photo shootings, cos we are separated by thousands of km, or 6 hours of flight;) But when we meet together it’s unbelievable inspiration, creativity and excitement of talking to each other face to face =D and doing the craziest explorations with our cameras) During the last two weeks I was so lucky to be present on the special day of creating a new Family. I had a chance to experience local traditions, Kazakh hospitality and wonders of this outstanding country with it’s beautiful citizens, thanks to my friend Alty and her family. I would consider it as a quest of incredible adventure through my first Central Asian country visit. I was impressed and can’t wait to share this impressions and beautiful photos on my blog.
So what I’ve got to know about Kazakh people is that they were nomads in the past times and were moving around the territory of today’s Kazakhstan. They are peaceful people who are talking in Kazakh and Russian languages and I have to mention that Kazakh language has nothing similar to Russian.
Basically all the Kazakh names have special meaning. For instance, the name of my friend Altynay means “Golden Moon”, the name Kurylay – “Big eyes like a deer has” – this is the name of a girl with big eyes.
They are eating horse meat in Kazakhstan! Something unusual for me, especially after getting to know that historically they were nomads and horse was one of the tribe’s treasure to move from one area to another. Well, I tried this meat, but I can’t tell there was some special taste…
I was so lucky to see all the beauties of Kazakh wedding and the bride was my dear friend with whom we got acquainted in Morocco in 2013. I got to know what is “Betashar” and “Saukile” but I will share it in dedicated post to the traditional weddings in Kazakhstan.
The religion here is Christianity and Islam. There are unique wooden Orthodox Cathedral in the centre of the Almaty and beautiful light-blue Mosque.
I discovered so many wonders of the nature just in one Almaty region, so could’t stop making photos and GoPro videos) There was almost Chinese border, beautiful canyon, little desert between mountains and river, ski resort, high mountains and blue lagoon lakes… So many of new amazing photos are coming in the next posts about wonderful and impressing country of Kazakhstan.
During this trip I made a lot of photos with baby GoPro and videos as well, even if our adventures where not that extremal =D The places we have visited are so amazing so I couldn’t stop myself to record videos and soon I’m gonna share them all here. For now have a look on a small trailer of the video from Kazakhstan: