My first flight as flight attendant for Lufthansa went to Almaty, Kasachstan. A city which has 1.5 million inhabitants, but appears like a small town of 100k. It is quite interesting to feel the mixture of russian, chinese and oriental culture in one country which seems way poorer than it actually is. Almaty is no spectecular town but has some beautiful small cafés and restaurants hidden in huge concrete buildings which originate back to the sovjet union.
If you´ll ever make it to Almaty, do not miss the green market! It´s Almatys hotspot where everything from colthing to vegetables is offered. The freshness and taste of the fruits and veggies is outstanding and not comparable to europes standards.