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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 August 2022

#ExpatStoriesKZ: ‘Kazakh people are not required to be fake nice’

Raquel Reinagel from Texas shares her story of four years in Kazakhstan

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Instagram: @rockyjourneys
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How did it all start?

Lost in translation

In Kazakhstan, on the other hand, I blend in. I hated that look of disappointment or even frustration from people when they realized I didn’t speak Russian. I had no idea what was going on.

Kazakhs don’t fake it

Kazakh people are not actually mean. They are just not required to be ‘fake nice.’

Kazakhs are a bit guarded, and it takes time for them to warm up to you and open their hearts. I feel that it’s true.

Instagram: @rockyjourneys
Instagram: @rockyjourneys
Instagram: @rockyjourneys
Instagram: @rockyjourneys

Not the final destination

Not everyone is like that, of course. There are some very open-minded women. [On the other hand] because of some things, men feel like they have to be ‘men’ in some stereotypical way.

If I want to be in a relationship, it is most likely not going to happen in Kazakhstan, unfortunately. Socially it’s hard for me to find like-minded friends.

Instagram: @rockyjourneys
Instagram: @rockyjourneys
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