"Pocahontas" from Kazakhstan
Hi from multinational Kazakhstan! First of all I want to say to previous blogger Enayat - everything is going to be OK, just believe in yourself and move forward despite the circumstances!
Well, let's back to 1 August :) Today's my first day of blogging and am so happy to have an opportunity of sharing with all of you some information about my country. Actually there's so much I want to write about and I'll try to "show" you as much as I can. I'm sure you'll be interested in our national customs, history, and cuisine. I really hope you will love Kazakhstan as I do!
Let me start my blog from writing about me, my friends. So selfish you could think :). But! That story is not about my height, weight, and color of my eyes or whatever. That's about my nationality. It's quite odd to have a note "Korean" in my ID's nationality column, because I don't look like Korean at all. People always ask me what my nationality is and, honestly, they never can guess. But there are always a lot of versions: some people suppose me to be Russian; the others believe that I look like Kazakh or Tatar. And, imagine, one girl thought I was Indian! That's why now my friends call me "Pocahontas" - a character from the famous Disney's cartoon, remember?
Do I really look like Pocahontas?? :)
But the truth is I'm so calling "half-blood" as I have four nationalities - Korean, Polish, Ukrainian and Belorussian. And that's no wonder in our country, that's kind of "norm". In fact there are people of 150 nationalities who currently live in Kazakhstan. Most of them, including my ancestors, moved here after the World War II to build new cities. My grandfather, for example, was from South Korea and my grandmother from Belorussia. So my dad is "half-blood" as well. My mum's parents moved from Ukraine and Poland, that's why, probably, she is so beautiful! So, as you could understand, my grandparents met each other in a small settlement which became later the town named "Zhezkazgan" and where I was born! "Zhezkazgan" means "copper mine" and I will dedicate one of my post to describing that place.
But now I live in the former capital of Kazakhstan - Almaty. I love that amazing city so much! And you will understand why from my next blog posts! See you soon and enjoy the last month of summer!
Yours, Marina the Pocahontas :)