We use Skype and email for conversations and Facebook to share photographs.Tell us about local food you and your children love or hate. People outside Kazakhstan don’t know much about Astana and I thought it would be interesting to share this city that we have fallen in love with.Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, made him Kazakhstan’s head of state in April 1990, after three days of rioting which followed the appointment of Gennady Kolbin, an ethnic Russian, to that position.In December 1991, Mr Nazarbayev became independent Kazakhstan’s first – and so far only – president, winning 91.5 % of the vote in an uncontested election.
I have never really had a home country because I spent my life moving. She hates the cold weather – even with a coat she does not like to go out in the winter. Our son’s teachers tell us that he is particularly talented at Kazakh.The British Council was quite helpful and quite active at that time and they really wanted us to develop our core market.They wanted us to form this association so in 2005 we decided to do it.I feel at home everywhere and no-where and have come to the conclusion that home is people not place. What three personality characteristics would you consider are necessary for a success expat life?I spent a lot of years in the UK and my husband and kids are British but there are still things about British/English culture that seem strange to me. Flexibility, a sense of humour and sense of adventure.Perhaps it was – but on a summer night in June, hundreds of dignitaries from around the gathered in the Norman Foster-designed Khan Shatyry entertainment centre in Astana to celebrate Nursultan Nazarbayev’s 70th birthday – his 19th in office as Kazakhstan’s unquestioned ruler.