It has been 9 years since I last visited Kazakhstan when I was working with Accels in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. A lot has changed since then. My youngest students have since graduated from their universities and now work as young business men and women across the country. Several have even flown and visited the US.
I do miss Kazakhstan sometimes. It is quite peaceful. I really love the steppe and mountains.
I have been offered a position in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is quite tempting in fact. I still have several months to decide but I know I will have to refuse the offer for personal reasons. I will still be able to return on business trips but a part of me would like to return permenantly. I guess you just have to live there to understand.
Some of you in Saigon will be able to meet one of my Kazakh students on New Years. He plans to take a short trip next month to visit Vietnam.