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A GERMAN ON PLACES REMINDING THE HOMELAND
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Tim Zenk

31, from Leipzig, the head of the food and beverage department in The St. Regis Astana

17.03.2018

A GERMAN ON PLACES REMINDING THE HOMELAND

On Astana


I was born and raised in Leipzig, Germany and a year ago came to Kazakhstan. Basically, I was always introduced with your country. I knew Astana, heard a lot from news. I knew that Kazakhstan is an emerging country, it’s nomadic. All people in Germany know Baikonur.

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I wanted to go abroad and it was time to see a new culture. I’m a western man and wanted to know the East. I learn Russian, though it’s so difficult. I know lots of words, but it’s a bit tricky to put them in a correct order.

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I arrived early at 5 o’clock. The first impression was exciting. It was dark, a bit cool, there were lots of constructions. The city was growing, developing. To tell the truth, I’d better impression the next day, when saw Astana in a day light. A taxi driver and a rent agent didn’t speak English, so the very next morning I decided to learn Russian. Finally, I figured out that there’re many common words with German too. For instance, shlagbaum, rucksack, kartofel.


On places to visit


Being engaged in hotel business, I must devote a lot of time to work. We’ve recently started, so there’s much to be done, but I still like to go out. Food is my hobby, I like to eat and drink good wine. Also, I’m a head of the food and beverage department; therefore, I prefer places with good food, as that's where I spend most of my time.

It's nice to spend time on the terraces in summer. For example, the Cabernet club has a nice terrace reminding of a European summer restaurant. I go there while walking around that area when it’s warm.

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There’re many German restaurants in Astana, but they are not 100 percent German, albeit similar. The Augustin restaurant has an atmosphere of a German bar with German beer and the floor paved with cobblestone reminding me German streets. Pictures, decor, furniture seem like a piece of Germany in Kazakhstan. The interior in the restaurant is similar to German, but the food’s still different.

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The hotel I work for had a reception hosted by the German Embassy. There I realized that there’re many more Germans in Astana than I’d thought, although the German diaspora isn’t big. I co-work with some German colleagues at the St. Regis hotel that makes me feel like I’m in my Motherland.

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Germany has European cuisine. I like to eat in the Olivier restaurant which combines really nice international cuisine and a pleasant atmosphere.

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Also, I like The Kitchen restaurant with really good kitchen and service. It’s European and cozy.

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I'm a fan of German art, paintings especially. I like art galleries. I know that modern art is quite popular with you, but I prefer classics. Unfortunately, there’re not many of them in Astana, but I’ve visited some in Almaty. Galleries are the places reminding me Germany.


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