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Marina Marina | 11:03 UK time, Sunday, 1 August 2010

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.

Zhez.jpgphoto by Sergey Bolotin, Zhezkazgan

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 :)


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Marina! I think you look like very pretty Pocahontas :)
    Very glad to see you in the forum! Especially because I am your namesake and almost countrywoman (I'm from Russia).
    I would like to ask you about your name. Which nationality was it came to you of? I was named in honor of my great-grandmother she was Ukrainian so I am 'half blood' too from Russian and Ukrainian.
    I wish you good blog!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Marina,

    Nice to meet you. After your first comment on this blog I guess you are very cheerful person and you have sense of humor...well, polish women are really attrective (by the way :))

    good luck in your blog

  • Comment number 3.

    Welcome Mariana!
    I´m really looking forward to knowing more about you and your country. Have a great time as the August student blogger!
    Best wishes,
    Ana Paula, Brazil.

  • Comment number 4.

    Welcome Marina!

    I agree with Krzysztof. I think we're going to enjoy a lot with your writing by whole the month. Wish you all the best and look forward to excellent pieces.


    Ashish, Bangladesh.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Marina

    I think you look like very goood. I'm looking forward to reading your posts and knowing lots more about you and your country.

    Sergio, Italy

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Marina,

    Congratulations for August's host student blog. To be honest, I only do know a little bit about your country Kazakhstan that it was separated from former Soviet Union in 1990s and has become a independent state since then. Thus, I hope to hear more about it in your next blogs.



  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Marina! Welcome!

    It's always a great pleasure getting know not only beautiful, but intelligent person. I'm looking forward to learn more about Kazakhstan from you! In my opinion, it's more exciting, than reading official information. In my opinion, it's like visiting your friend in his country rather then traveling with touristic agency!

    Best wishes,


  • Comment number 8.

    Dear Marina,

    Thank you very much for the words you have used for me in your first blog. i do hope to hear more about Kazakhstan and the daily life there.



  • Comment number 9.

    Hi dear friends!! I'm so pleased with all your comments! Thank you very-very much!

    To my namesake mbagema: believe it or not, but I was given my name by my Ukrainian grandmother :), but, actually, it was spontaneous and I don't know why she chose exactly that name. Tell you as a secret my parents were waiting for a boy but instead I appeared, they were, probably, so upset that just couldn't think about giving me a name :) so my grandma help them :)

  • Comment number 10.

    Dear Marina
    Welcome! I join all the other friends to wish you fruitful writing month.I find the matter of multi nationalities self defination as very intersting issue.How the individual defines his own natoinal defination? There are several options :by his language? by his place of birth? by his religion? by his historical roots? How this matter effecs you? With whom do you feel the greatest solidarity? I hope you'll share with us your point of view.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hello Marina,

    How nice to meet you here as well as know about your country and your multinational, in fact it's so interesting to be multicultural , me to is half-blood and that gives me another view to the world.
    Finally ,boy Or girl you're so cute.

    Best wishes with your blog


  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Marina!

    I liked your first comment on this blog and fotos. Especially the photo of night Zhezkazgan was pleasant, where I was born also as well as you! Earlier the city was called Dzhezkazgan. And my parents have met also in the one. I’m looking forward to learn new about this beautiful city and, certainly, about Kazakhstan and about Almaty where I many times was.

    Best wishes,
    Vadim, St.-Petersburg.

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi there!
    New month and we have got a new blogger - "Pocahontas" from Kazahstan!
    Fascinating! I hope each of your posts will be as intresesting and optimistic as your first one. Good beginning!!!

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 14.

    :) Wow, friends, I was struck speechless, who's here: our dear new friend is from my country! I'm so excited, guys! Thanks BBC Learning English Team for introduce with the such beauty girl Marina!
    :) Hi Dear Marina, how are you? How is life for you in Alma-Ata City? I'm from another sight of our country, Aralsk.
    Well ok, I'm Looking forward to read your next blogs and I wish you the successfully student month!
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Marina
    It's amazing to see both your own picture and Pocahontas in your blog.You do have the same hair style and there was bit physical resemblance especially the contour of your face.Pardon me, for being too distinct.However, it seems like you are pretty much outgoing and friendly.It's great to have you as a student blogger for August.

    Honestly, I've little knowledge about your country and reading your blog has somewhat fascinated me particulary the history and culture of its people.I've read much about the former USSR from magazines and history books but not much about Kazakstan. I'll be glad if you could share with us a bit history of Kazakstan in your next blog.


  • Comment number 16.

    Nice to meet you, i'm from north Africa and getting all this informations about peopel from Assia is as a present to me . hoppe you 'll say more for us.

  • Comment number 17.

    Hey dear Marina
    Your country is very close to China where i was come from, I went to XiJiang Uygur regions in 2005 and it's very close to Kazakhstan! It will take me even not more than half an hour to walk to the customs ports from hotel! There are temporary passport for tourists who want to have a short trip in Kazakhstan(within 3 days), and the passport cost very little, about one dollar. It was, however, a pity that i have never gone to and had a look. Actually, big cities are all faraway from border, and you would not have enough time to visit in 3 days. There are so many goods yards near the ports, store piles of white birch from Kazakhstan, and lorries which put into Kazakhstan everyday with full of clothings inside. I guess Kazakhstan must be a marvollers place, i really hope i could have a trip there one day.
    I am looking forward more entries from you, and i like the pictures you post here, they really make the comments vivid.
    ShengLin from China.

  • Comment number 18.

    Cool! I'm to from Jezkazgan and now live in Almaty, it's very pleasant to see countryman here...Thanks Marina for your interesting story and beautiful picture of night Jezburg(Jezkazgan)

  • Comment number 19.

    Congrats to marina for being a blogger of this month.I am hoping to hear lot more about you and your country.
    Happy blogging :)

  • Comment number 20.

    Thanks a lot friends! :)

  • Comment number 21.

    I should read this post first where you describe you. And now I know why you are so pretty, you have a Slav nature. Belarussia, Ukraine and Poland is like big family:)
    yeah, you are similar to Pocahontas.

    Best wishes

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Toleslawek! :)

    Thank you for your good words!


  • Comment number 23.


    i think you include different culture features
    polish belarussia slav , it is amazing
    i know polish girls are so pretty therefore you look so pretty and
    you resemble to pocahontas
    best wishes from turkey

  • Comment number 24.

    Hey Kadir!

    Nice to see you here! Thanks for your comment!


  • Comment number 25.

    It’s amazing the effects an unnecessary and egotistic battle among sovereign can have on the demography of European countries! I presume Marina that your country were one of those small countries that were created after the terrible World War II. I was compelled to research it and was elated to see that it gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Good going! I can relate to such demographic complexities since where I am the people are similarly mixed and sometimes there is tension between various ethnic groups. Since your country experiences a multiplicity of nationalities among its people, are citizens faced with the effects of social stratification like that of Serbs in Hungary during the early 1900’s?

  • Comment number 26.

    You are indeed the splitting image of Pocahontas. Even though you don’t like it Marina, I think you have more Korean in you than the other ethnicities. I can see from the picture that you are mixed but your Korean side is most obvious. I always have a liking for European guys and I wouldn’t mind if he is mixed. Your place of residence is quite beautiful especially at nights with reference to the last picture you posted. I might just visit Kazakhstan so that I can find my husband. Do you think my chances are? I must add that your friend looks like Reese Whiterspoon.


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