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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 August 2022

Somali Student on his 6 years in Kazakhstan: ‘I’m living my dream’

Mohamed Ibrahim on handshakes, horsemeat, weather, and Kazakh hospitality

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Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim

Kazakhstan? Where is it?

Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim

Why did you choose Kazakhstan?

Shaking hands and dressing warm

“The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Kazakhstan was the weather. It was so cold, especially compared to the ever-sunny Somalia. I had never spent so much money on warm clothes before! One of my first purchases was a winter jacket for a large amount of money. ‘So expensive’ I thought. And those boots you must wear! [laughs] For me, it is cold most of the year in Kazakhstan, especially in Nur-Sultan. I prefer my big jacket even when people start to go out in light coats already.”

Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim

“I noticed a couple of cultural things that were unusual in my culture. For example, the handshakes. Everyone shakes hands all the time to greet each other. In Somalia, it is OK to wave your hand if you say hello to someone standing far from you. One time, my friend asked me: ‘Why didn’t you shake hands with me yesterday?’ I didn’t know that it was such a big deal [laughs]. Since then I try to shake hands more often."

Meat, meat, meat

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kazakhstan.travel

Living a dream in Kazakhstan

Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
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