Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan (Astana) is a beautiful city in Kazakhstan that I plan to relocate to in the future.

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Grand Mosque in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Source: Google.

When I was a Peace Corps volunteer back in early 1998, my students told me that Aqmola was now the astanasy (capital in the Kazakh language) for the Kazakhstan.

I said I already knew before they realized I did not understand what they just told me.

They reiterated, "Akmola's new name is now Astana!"

Then I understood, the new capital of Kazakhstan was now called "Capital"!

Oddly enough, despite the jokes, the name stuck. I grew to like the name Astana which was much better than Aqmola which meant White Grave in Kazakh. Since I am an airline buff, seeing Air Astana on the national carrier helped me get used to the name.

Yet I never visited the city even when I had a free round trip ticket to the city back in 2016. It turns out that was a good thing. To prepare for the 2017 World Expo in Astana, the government started developing more of the city. The changes I have seen online from 2016 to 2021 are amazing. It was to the point where I decided I wanted to spend a couple years in Nur-Sultan, the new name of Astana as of 2019.

Below are two of the videos that made me fall in love with Nur-Sultan:

Construction Process Close Up Shots - Largest Mosque Ever in Nur Sultan City - Kazakhstan 2021 by Egyptian UAV Pilot.

The above video flies over the construction site for the Grand Mosque of Nur-Sultan in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. As the feature photo above will show, it is nearly complete. I am waiting for his updated drone video of this mosque when spring arrives in a couple months.

Below is another one of his videos.

4K Cinematic FPV in Nur Sultan City Qazaqstan 2021 by Egyptian UAV Pilot.

Relocation to Nur-Sultan in 2022?

I was accepted into the startup accelerator for the Founder's Institute starting April, 2022. As of now, I am planning to register my startup in Nur-Sultan this year. Since the accelerator is virtual, I do not need to move to Nur-Sultan but I really would like to spend a couple more years in Kazakhstan before my final move to Japan.

It is not set in stone yet, though. I may end up in Japan first. Time will tell but I will keep this blog updated on any changes.


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