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Munazza asks: Can we bring cooked food like chicken, beef, mutton in very small quantities?
Expert's answer:
The only restriction on bringing food into Kazakhstan is its weight - no more than 10 kg per person.
Ray asks: Is it possible to obtain a driving license in Kazakhstan as a foreigner?
Expert's answer:
Yes, it is possible, check the following official page about getting a driver's license in Kazakhstan.
Edyta asks: Good afternoon, I'd like to ask you why silver is so important to Kazakhs? I heard about few traditions whenever one person hand silver as a gift to the other, but I cannot find any kind of information about cause. I'd appreciate your help regarding to my question. Respectfully, Edyta Konca.
Expert's answer:
Historically, it so happened that the favorite material of Kazakh jewelers was not gold, but silver, which, in the view of the Kazakhs, had a cleansing, protective and magical property, as well as useful properties from a medical point of view. With the advent of Islam in the Kazakh steppes, the importance of silver also increased. The Kazakhs have a saying: gold is for beauty, and silver is for purity.
Like to know? Nah asks: How tall is the average man in Kazakhstan?
Expert's answer:
The average height of a Kazakh men is 166,2 cm.
vittorio asks: When is there a bus from Almaty to Taldykorgan. On what days and at what time?
Expert's answer:
There are daily buses running from Almaty to Taldykorgan almost every half hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sairan bus station).
Cliff Raven asks: Where to buy motorcycle tires in Atyrau?
Expert's answer:
I have found the following stores where you can buy motorcycle tires in Atyrau.
LHJ asks: Hi. I have a new friend from Kazakhstan and I just found out that it's his birthday soon. But I barely know about Kazakhstan culture, and I don't want to be rude. Is there anything I should be careful when I choose a present? and what kind of birthday cake would be proper or recommended? Thank you :)
Expert's answer:

Most of the Kazakhs are Muslims - according to statistics, more than 70% of the population belong to this religion. Therefore, the restrictions on certain gifts here are the same as in other Muslim countries.

For example, don't give alcohol, which is forbidden to many Muslims. With all the love of the Kazakhs to cold arms, gifting knives is not recommended because according to the popular believe, this will soon lead to quarrels between people; the same is true about lighters.

As for the cake, if your friend is a Muslim, then wine (dessert or table), liqueur, rum, or any other alcohol should not be among its ingredients. Well, and probably it should not be big as cakes become spoiled relatively quickly.

Ruby asks: Hi, I would like to ask a list of halal restaurants in Almaty. Thank you
Expert's answer:
Check the following list of halal restaurants in Almaty.
Timothy asks: Is there a street named Zekinckogo in Karaganda?
Expert's answer:
You probably mean Zelinskogo Street in Karaganda.
Sue asks: Can you tell me anything about the clock tower in Kostanay? I'm researching it for a project.
Expert's answer:
Not much information is available. Kostanay Clock Tower is located in the center of the city. It was built in the 1980s, between two residential buildings, as an architectural insert. The author of the tower project was the architect Joseph I. Iskakov. Despite the fact that the clock tower has never been an architectural monument, it is considered one of the main buildings of Kostanay. From the time of construction, the tower clock has been perceived as a kind of symbol of the city. Today, in the building of the clock tower, there is a cafe-pizzeria and a small chess club. Also it is a popular meeting place.

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