You can join, or even set-up, gatherings for like-minded people, such as cookery, book or sports groups, so that you can make friends and continue doing the things you love. 5. Don’t think so much along the lines of Genghis Khan. Met colleagues for dinner one evening here for some pub grub, drinks and dancing. So whether you're a culture vulture or a shopaholic, you're sure to be kept busy in Atyrau. My first ever ‘Russian’ meal – Borscht, Sturgeon with the Eggs, and a Russian pancake, I didn’t really know what was going because of the language barrier, I remember the restaurant was very dark and kind of intimidating, but it was a pretty decent meal! We bring together people who have come to live and work in Atyrau from all over the world. But so was the Mangali Mosque in Atyrau, which I walked past each day on the way to the restaurants. Atyrau is in the northern area of the Caspian sea in western Kazakhstan.Atyrau is located on the delta of the Ural river, 20 meters below sea level. 4.8. And so they would pick up local Kazakh girls, sleep with them, take them out to the bars, buying them nice meals and mobile phones etc. 6. I want emails from Lonely Planet with travel and product information, promotions, advertisements, third-party offers, and surveys. Food was regular pub grub with a Central Asian flair. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. So why delay? Now, as you can imagine, the local guys become jealous because, in reality, the women have deserted them for foreign men who have higher spending power. If I walked 5 minutes, I would be in ‘Asia’. You can connect with members using a number of criteria, including age and interests, so that you can find people in Atyrau that share your passions. Join InterNations today and connect with all our lovely Atyrau expat members! So glad I've found the InterNations expat community. And so I felt like revisiting some old photos of my trip to Kazakhstan a few years ago. When we walked past St Nicolas Church in Almaty, it was absolutely full house. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Usually I prefer to go in to the silent place, where I can talk with my friend after hard and …. Below is an Emporio Armani store in Almaty. Back to the second part of some flashbacks to the short stay in this Central Asian country, when Danny was working on an oilfield project in Atyrau with his management consulting firm. In Chinese, there is a saying, “frog at the bottom of the well”, an expression to describe people whose insights are so limited (whether the limitations are caused by one’s circumstances or not), and I am the first to admit this is me – I am such a frog. As well as finding support and advice amongst our Atyrau expat members, you can also meet up with international people in real life through InterNations. on Kazahkstan – unfolding the mystique of this vast land – Part 2, on Kazakhstan – unfolding the mystery of this vast land – Part 1, Kazahkstan – unfolding the mystique of this vast land – Part 2, Kazakhstan – unfolding the mystery of this vast land – Part 1, Rich Man’s Canteen – Fook Lam Moon (Part 2), Moroccan Chicken Tagine & thoughts on leadership, A stroll through history – George Town, Penang. That's why hundreds of expats make the move to this intriguing city each year. At any supermarket in Atyrau, you can find multiple rows of vodkas and beers that are very neatly stacked. But not so cool for an old couple like me & Danny but we were crazing for some Asian food we didn’t mind! Worth a stop to see some Atyrau night life. The religion of the majority of people in Kazakhstan is Islam, then followed by Christianity. Until one Friday night, my Caucasian friend was punched by a local Kazakh at a night club in Atyrau and his colleagues suspect the underlying issue stemmed from the poor impression that the local guys have of expats. Nightlife in Kazakhstan. Welcome To Our New InterNations Atyrau Community. 3. Back in Australia, you can find variations of this in Chinatown in the regional Xin-Jiang Chinese restaurants, but of course served with beef or lamb. Outwardly, we didn’t feel this place was particularly religiously restrictive. By the third morning, I started to go out to the streets pretending to be local. Atyrau is full of opportunities for ambitious, career-driven individuals, thanks to its booming oil industry. Drinking & Nightlife in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. It takes 40 hours to travel Sydney to Atyrau, via Bangkok-Dubai-Almaty-Atyrau. Take note of the Christmas decorations. CHEERS to the retailers who don’t use the cardboard cartons on supermarket shelves! By and large, the government takes a laissez-faire approach to let trade flourish and the economy is essentially fuelled by its uranium export and the oil & gas activities. At the larger social and networking events organized for the entire community, you can meet a wide range of fascating global minds from around the world. With all these resources at your fingertips, you will soon find yourself enjoying a busy social life in your new city. The live band came on about 9PM and the dance floor started up right after that. But yes, after Egypt, Kazakhstan must be one of the most precious travel opportunities – very humbling experiences to realise how shallow a life it is that I live here in Australia. We have reviews of the best places to see in Atyrau. Top Things to Do in Atyrau, Kazakhstan: See Tripadvisor's 160 traveller reviews and photos of Atyrau tourist attractions. With rising living standards, designer brand names are no longer exclusive to the elite, and can be seen every now and then around the city areas. Where the rich Kazakh tycoons take their seductive Russian girls to very expensive places, the Westerner expats take their new girlfriends out to the more ‘cool’ places. 10. That is, Asia AND Europe, as separated by the Ural River. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. For now, let me reminisce the highlights of the Kazakhstan trip, over a 2 part blog entry. Another big reason we (especially Danny) were so thankful we looked the part is because of a pretty sad state between local men and foreigners. 6. The State Theatre of Opera and Ballet Astana Opera, Nur-Sultan. How I wish there could be more opportunities to see more parts of the world. Kazakhstan, today an independent state, has market economy status as far as US trade law is concerned. And that’s it, some distant memories of the 2 cities during a short stay in Kazakhstan. This very large piece of land in Central Asia is the 9th largest country in the world being one of the least densely populated countries. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. Atyrau is divided by the Ural, which is part of the border between Europe and Asia making Atyrau one of two cities in the world to be located on two different continents. Hey, consultants were flocking there due to the massive Tenghiz oilfield a couple of hundred km’s away from this otherwise quiet town of Atyrau. A diverse city made up of Kazhaks, Russians, Tatars, and Ukrainians, Atyrau has a rich cultural history making it a fascinating place for those who are eager to immerse themselves in a completely different way of life. 1. With influences from the Soviet Union, Russian Orthodox churches were still filling up. My husband works for an Nur-Sultan oil company all day, so I had to make my own way to settle. Aktau and Atyrau in the west are mild year round, although they can get pretty hot in the summer. more. This is what the country allows its people to be involved in. There was construction work going on almost every other block, as roads were being upgraded, commercial buildings being built. It was good deal for Danny – in agreeing to work in Kazakhstan his company flew me over there in business class. Shasklik and sides were good. Finally, a glimpse of the living spaces. Of course I would walk on a bridge, whereas there were locals who actually braved walking on the ice to ‘cross the continents’. Food was regular pub grub with a Central Asian flair. The National dish is a horse meat dish – yes it is perfectly legal to eat horse meat in Kazakhstan, and the ‘bershbarmak’ is her national dish. First impressions were that the air was a bit dusty – cars parked on the streets would be covered in dust after a couple of hours. (The above picture was taken in January 2010, outside the Ascension Cathedral in Almaty, a Russian Orthodox Cathedral.). Below, here I was below on the ‘Europe’ side one freezing cold morning. I personally have met two people in a relationship where the girl (a university student) was well aware that the guy was only in Atyrau for a short stay, and the ‘relationship’ was clearly not going to last. Attend our monthly events and activities for Atyrau expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life. The live band came on about 9PM and the dance floor started up right after that. (Left: replica of the Golden Man, a 2nd century Sarmartian figure, with a gold plated tunic that was discovered in 1999; at Atyrau History Museum). So in effect, we were ‘crossing’ continents on a daily basis. Nightlife. To me, this is all a very sad situation, because so many people have been hurt and relationships ruined. InterNations Atyrau Halloween @ the Prospect Pub, InterNations Atyrau Social Event October - Back to Blackberry, InterNations Atyrau Oktoberfest Celebrations at Prospect Pub, More information on Expat Life in Atyrau Expat Forums. Top Nightlife in Atyrau: See reviews and photos of nightlife attractions in Atyrau, Kazakhstan on Tripadvisor. Start to feel at home in Kazakhstan by attending our exclusive events across Atyrau and start building your network. I definitely looked the part (well if you ignored my Converse) to a point where I was religiously mistaken for a local at my hotel. And in embracing ‘the world’, in a predominantly Muslim place, Christmas trees could be seen in many places (see below in a public square with the Mangali Mosque in the background). As for place to eat, there are few different places, depending on what kind of atmosphere do you like. Life as an expat in Nur-Sultan can be hard on occasion. Use InterNations to help settle in Atyrau by reading our expert guides on housing and the job market, as well as learning from expats already at home in Atyrau on our useful forums. (To avoid any doubt, that family’s country is NOT Kazakhstan but a much less developed country nearby). Stewed horse meat with onions and served on pasta like noodles (like tagliatelle) and potatoes, with the meat’s broth on the side. Welcome to InterNations! The restaurant staff used to give me a menu written in Russian each morning. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in September. From observation, Cinzano was one cool spot where we spotted a few. 2. Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. The Best Nightlife in Kazakhstan Plan your next trip here. All venues are packed on the weekend, and there’s an endless selection of both Russian and Kazakh talent to work on. Just not the same so I quite miss it. Atyrau is one of the rare cities where it sits across two continents. ONS is possible, but the best plan of attack is to head out and number farm to have a solid set of leads lined up to keep you busy during the week. Met colleagues for dinner one evening here for some pub grub, drinks and dancing.
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