Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Chapter 1 - The Arrival First Snow The Changing of the Seasons When All Else Fails, Cluck! Chapter 2 - Kazakh History and Traditions Mourning on the Steppe: Kazakhstan's Soviet-era Labor Camps Reflections atop Almaty's Blue Ceiling Nauryz in Kyzylorda The Cultural Heritage of Kazakhstan Sunset on the Caspian Sea Chapter 3 - Contemporary Living in Kazakhstan Dromophobia The Magic Dvor Celebrating Art in Atyrau Winters in Astana The Universal Language of Music Chapter 4 - Cross-cultural Exchanges Tea with Natasha Birthdays and Beshbarmak Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt Table of Unity Fun and Games at a Kazakh Birthday Party Chapter 5 - Travelling in Kazakhstan On the Road Without a GPS Tales of a Traveling Teacher Chapter 6 - The Silent Steppe Dirt Roads, a Donkey and a Life Transformed In Search of the Third Kebezhe The Long Horse Ride: Journey Across the Steppe Resources Glossary of Terms About Monica Neboli About the Authors
Monica Neboli (Lecco, Italy, 1969) has always been fascinated by other cultures. Before getting married, she backpacked all over the world. She then lived abroad with her husband and two daughters from 2006 until 2011, when she returned to her home country. During those five years abroad, she lived in Egypt and Kazakhstan, working as a coach to expat families, assisting them in adjusting harmoniously to their host country. While in Egypt, she wrote a booklet, 'Benvenuti al Cairo' ['Welcome to Cairo'], for expat families arriving in Cairo, in collaboration with GIE (Gruppo Italiani in Egitto: a group for Italians in Egypt) and the Italian Embassy. While in Kazakhstan she ran a seminar called 'Fundamentals of living in Kazakhstan' to enable the expat community to learn more about the culture and history of their host country. Monica and her family enjoyed experiencing the many different cultures and peoples of Kazakhstan and it was this that inspired her to compile a book of expat experiences in Kazakhstan. She has two daughters, Eleonora (6) and Agata (4), who are happily growing up as citizens of the world. Monica currently works in the corporate university of an oil company in Italy.
'A unique exploration of Kazakhstan through the eyes of foreigners, Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt touches upon cross-cultural exchanges, city living, history, traditions, unexpected friendships, adventure and more. With a generous mix of light-hearted expat tales and reflective stories of adaptation and discovery, this anthology enthrals the reader from beginning to end. Neboli has perfectly assembled captivating stories of uncovering a land largely unknown and often misunderstood, while simultaneously exposing a beautiful destination where selfless hospitality, overt kindness and longstanding traditions are common threads that weave this vast nation together.' - Alison Cavatore, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Global Living Magazine, www.GlobalLivingMagazine.com 'Twenty-four stories of impressions, memories, thoughts and emotions by expatriates in Kazakhstan - all topped with descriptions of aromas, flavours, colours and landscapes that trigger the imagination and carry one into this country straddling Europe and Asia - M. Elena Spikermann, Literary Scout & Agent