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3/28/2006 07:47 EST

Hi there, I'm currently doing some research for my boyfriend regarding moving to Almaty. Does anyone have any information or good sites to visit on cost of living, eg price of beer, supermarket shop, travel, etc, or on house rental costs. Also, which are the best provinces to live in, or is it best to live in the centre of Almaty?

4/3/2006 15:28 EST

I have not been to Kazakhstan yet, but my husband has been a lot in the last 18 months. Basically Almaty is the only nice place to be, however it is expensive, he has just rented a 2 bed fully furnished apartment which is very nice but costs $4,000 a month this includes heating and lighting and internet. He looked at other places starting at $1,800 but said they were deary with horrible, old brown funiture and he would have hated to live in them. Astana the new capital in the North is full of concreate apartment blocks, the climate is really harsh, very very cold in the winter and boiling hot in the summer. Its in the middle of a completly flat plain and there is nothing to do. The towns on the Caspian are really the wild west, the nuclear reprocessing plant is abandoned and rotting and the housing is seriously poor, not a fun place. Most of the westeners are on rotation.
There are lots of postings on this site about Almaty read all this information.

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5/29/2006 12:05 EST


i've been filming recently varois times in almaty - although i'm not having great ideas about housing, i'd like to get in touch with your boyfreind - i'm currentliy writing happening a script around ex-pats in Kazahkstan and i'm looking for real experiences of foreigners there - so please, if you don't mind, i'd be courious to know how things come along for your boyfriend

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