A fantastic book about Kazakhstan..
Before starting my last trip I read a book about Kazakhstan that I enjoyed so much and found so informative that I would, without hesitation, recommend it to anyone else that plans to visit the country. (or in fact anyone that has any interest in the place)
Link to amazon page here
As a side note...
I thoroughly enjoyed the country after initially finding it pretty worrying.
I was travelling solo, and the night before I crossed the border I camped with a trio of Dutch cyclists that were riding to Australia (as you do).
They told me of another cyclist they met who had just spent a month riding across Kazakhstan. He was robbed 3 times at knife point and forced to an ATM, then robbed again by the police before he left.
It was the first time I really felt far away from home and at all concerned.
But after a shaky time in Aterau (where I didn't feel entirely safe) I had a great time and met some fantastic people. The bike clubs were extremely kind and generous.
Astana is another story all together, but if you do read the book you'll learn all about it :-)
I'll leave it there, but suffice to say I grew to love the country. If you visit I hope you have a great time, and meet as many nice folks as I did.
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