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Love the way you use the app wish there were more like you. Keep up the good work:-) cheers from istanbul!
Care to answer this one? ⬆ @kasi1ias
That's oil money for you!
@ninezero i dont think so, poor it was in 90's, but now life level highest in exUssr countries...
Is that Tamberlaine looking down? Great pic - didn't the Soviet regime deplete the resources for their own purposes?
@svendealmeidadotcom @foxyladi @vincealot you guys should follow this feed...
Striking it is
Although you do have a point on money being spent on buildings rather than welfare @ninezero , Astana is not a case of North Korea that spends a good share of its GDP on building 'Potemkin villages' that no one lives in, on the 38th parallel, just to impress the South Korean tourists looking through the binocular, when its population is struggling to feed itself. Kazakhstan can afford a new capital, without hindering its public welfare expenditure. Astana is a case of 'nation-building project' that is designed to symbolise hope of a brighter future for Kazakhs as an independent state, given our colonial past. I do acknowledge that some of its architecture is rather distasteful to a spoiled western eye, that wants to see 'authentic culture' of aboriginal people living in huts and maintaining a 'sustainable' way of life. Believe me, most people that do live that way in some parts of the world, do so out of poverty, and not out of care for environment or in a protest to western ideology of consumerism. For kazakhs, Astana is a vision of hope, that one day all of its cities will look like it. But, yes I do share your concern on building palaces and grand buildings when some people struggle to get employed, and Kazakhstan should be careful with its spending in building a new capital. @tuz109
I really enjoy most of the docos on journeymanpictures and i recently saw this one about Kazakhstan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfzj9owHRkg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
@kasi1ias - Your reply was very interesting, thanks
Such futuristic buildings! Human nature has strange dreams sometimes!
Big, shiny, *must impress*. Next time you're in Tashkent, compare the road from the airport to the center of the city/president's house to roads...everywhere else in the city
Cool and weird!