How are the people in Astana?
People here are very proud of their history, cuisine, culture and traditions. At the beginning of your stay or visit here, you will probably think that people in Astana are not so open. You will not see them smile at you, as you may be used to in European countries, but in reality, it is not like that! People here are very open and hospitable, even too hospitable sometimes! So don’t be surprised if a guy whom you met for the first time invites you for lunch or dinner at his house.
Moreover, it will be considered rude to reject his or her offer if you are free (in case you are really busy then, of course, you can politely decline the invitation). Additionally, don’t be surprised by the sometimes very personal questions that you will be asked, It is not strange to be asked questions like: ‘‘What are your wages? Are you married?”. Try not to take it the wrong way though, it’s all asked in a positive light.
Nowadays, there are a lot of young people who speak English in Astana, so it won’t be much of a problem to have a chat in English with them. The older generation, however, may have a difficult time communicating back in English. However, young or old people will always try to help you in any kind of situation.
How is a normal work day in Astana?
Normally the working day in Astana starts from 8am until 6pm, employees have time for lunch, normally from 1pm to 2pm, so you have a 1hour break. But in some work fields, for example, in construction, people may work for 12hours. However, it is important to add that the salary will be respectively higher.
At any time, you can make a decision that will forever change the direction of your life! So if you get a chance to visit Astana, don’t hesitate and confidently come here!