Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Kazakhstan: How They Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Borat

Kazakhstan, the world’s most talked about country of late, finally learned that Sacha Baron Cohen has done what no one else could. He’s put Kazakhstan on the map. Seriously, had you even heard of the country before all the hoopla and hype about the new Borat movie?

Today, I’m giving you an update on a couple of stories from the Kazakhstan Embassy Web site.

Sayat Tour, a Kazakh travel agency, has announced a tour package sure to please Americans. Sayat’s Executive Director, said: “With the release of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, we are hoping many Americans will want to engage in ‘cultural learnings’ of that unknown ‘glorious nation’ for their own ‘make benefit.’ That is why we are launching these new tours and hoping the Americans will come visit us.” The tours will include trying kumyss, the “deliciously tasting Kazakh traditional drink made from fermented horse milk.” Don’t forget to try the horse sausage too.

All of you readers in the Washington, D.C. area mark your calendars for the Contemporary Central Asian Fashion Design Show at the Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, D.C., on November 9, 2006 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm which will be followed by a reception. (Don’t forget to ask about the horse sausage and fermented mare’s milk!)

The show will feature “stunning works by some of the trendiest fashion show designers from Central Asia,” including Saida Azikhan from Kazakhstan.

A spokesperson for the shindig said, “The show is really going to astonish those in America who will see it. The designers’ collections are created for women who have been creative and dynamic, and especially sophisticated educated and modern. They combine a strong Western orientation with an equally strong Asian tradition. This show should make Americans wonder first, and then make them want to explore this fascinating part of the world.”

If you say so.

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