Dispatch from Kazakhstan

Published on 14th June, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

Last week was my last trip of the season, and what a trip it was. Nowhere other than Kazakhstan! I had the chance to visit three cities: the capital Astana (which features in Global Elementary), Almaty and Aktube. It was a busy trip, which included visits to more than eight universities, four internal flights (Kazakhstan is as big as all of Western Europe) and several meetings. Many people asked me what it was like. So I’ve put together a little collage of film clips that I took while there. Our tour starts in Almaty, the city next to the mountains, and then we move to Astana, the new capital with all its weird and wonderful modern architecture. Take a look!


  • Lindsay,
    Congratulations on making it to Kazakhstan. The mountains near Almaty are quite refreshing, aren’t they? How did you find the renowned Kazakh hospitality? We work in Uralsk, also know as Oral, the neighbouring city to Aktube, and are hoping to start using Global soon.

    David on 15 June, 2010
  • Thanks David, sorry I missed you. The mountains are indeed refreshing. And the Kazakh hospitality was great (loved the food too, even though I overdosed on meat)!

    Lindsay Clandfield on 15 June, 2010
  • This is a wonderful video clip of your visit to Kazakhstan, really vivid and exciting. It looks a fascinating country, and conveys all the interest and excitement of what the visit must mean for you. Thanks!

    Simon Greenall on 15 June, 2010
  • Thanks Simon. It is indeed a fascinating country, modernizing at an incredible pace.

    Lindsay Clandfield on 17 June, 2010