Winter was well on its way to settling in the Steppe when we arrived. The wind was quite strong and air was crisp. The Kazakh steppeland, north of the Tien Shan Mountains, south of Russian Siberia, west of the Caspian Sea, has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan is an interesting and intriguing blend of old Soviet architecture with the futuristic designs. The Baiterek Tower is one example of the futuristic architecture in the newborn capital city. Weekly farmers market are organized every week where you can buy the products from various regions of Kazakhstan. There was a cold driving rain on the day we visited the local market in Astana. Inside the market we were met with many in traditional clothing and selling goods specific to their region. Again, we found the warm inviting hospitality of these people to remarkable. Traveling throughout the city and in the markets there was little to no tourist presence felt. Astana is unlike any city I have ever visited. A unique and intruguing mixture of old world and futuristic blend that leaves you struggling to grasp. You can’t quite help feeling that something big is about to happen here. I have a feeling I’m going to return to Kazakstan some day soon.