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Astana or Almaty?

Astana or Almaty?

Postby Helen Back » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:16 am

Thinking about applying to a couple of schools. Thoughts on which one is better for a family of 4 mostly based on lifestyle?
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Postby PsyGuy » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:04 am

Almaty, well to be precise:

Young, Single IT: Almaty
Older, Single IT: Almaty
IT Couple: Almaty
IT Couple, with 1 Child: Almaty
IT Couple with 2 Children: Almaty

About the only scenario where Astana would be a stronger candidate is a single IT that really wants to save every last bit of coin and has poor impulse control or a large IT family as Astana tends to have a less expensive lifestyle. Its not that you cant spend coin in Astana, its just not as convenient.
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Re: Astana or Almaty?

Postby Heliotrope » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:10 am

I haven't been myself, but I have heard a lot of people being pretty enthusiast about Almaty, and quite the opposite about Astana. But I'm sure there are plenty of people that like Astana as well.

Have a read here:
Almaty: https://www.talesmag.com/real-post-repo ... tan/almaty
Astana: https://www.talesmag.com/real-post-repo ... tan/astana

These aren't reports from teachers though. Most are written by US diplomats or their spouses, so their experience might be different in some respects.
But it seems Astana isn't all that bad, but I would definitely prefer Almaty myself if I had to choose.
I've read that a good number of Kazachstani that were forced to move to Astana for work try to go back to Almaty for weekends and holidays.
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Re: Astana or Almaty?

Postby shadowjack » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:13 pm

AND THE WINNER IIIIIIISSSSSSS.... ALMATY!

https://versus.com/en/almaty-vs-astana
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Re: Astana or Almaty?

Postby Helen Back » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:15 am

Thank you all.
And a particular thank you to Shadowjack for your continued support for well over a decade. I dont know why you do it, but it is appreciated.
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Re: Astana or Almaty?

Postby shadowjack » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:35 am

Well, there was our chance encounter at the airport after knowing each other only online for what? 8 years by that point? LOL
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