The Republic of Kazakhstan became independent from the former USSR in 1991. Since then it has opened its doors to the world and emerged as a key expatriate destination due its rich oil and other natural resources, which have attracted multinational companies. For the visitor, Kazakhstan offers both a glimpse of a Communist past and the energy of a developing nation redefining itself. In this anthology of expatriate experiences in Kazakhstan, 24 authors from 11 countries show us the central Asian country as they know it.



Edited by Monica Neboli


Kazakhstan is one of the largest countries in the world and Astana, its capital, is one of the youngest (and coldest) capital cities. In Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt, we travel to the country’s bustling, multicultural cities, to its rural homesteads steeped in rich traditions, and to the Kazakh Steppe, the vast open plain that has for centuries been home to a nomadic way of life. During the journey, we come to understand the importance of the yurt, or nomad’s tent, we are privy to a powerful reflection on Soviet-era labour camps, and we witness the build-up to a traditional Kazakh wedding.

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In a variety of cross-cultural exchanges – some bewildering, some funny – we meet locals, try new cuisines, discover the work of a talented local artist, join one man’s quest for a unique piece of Kazakh furniture for his wife, and explore the steppe as it deserves to be explored – on horseback. More importantly, we are introduced to the warmth of Kazakh hospitality and we learn it is possible to survive the extreme temperatures of a Kazakh winter.

“…Neboli has perfectly assembled captivating stories of uncovering a land largely unknown and often misunderstood, while simultaneously exposing a beautiful destination where selfless hospitality, overt kindness and longstanding traditions are common threads that weave this vast nation together.” – Alison Cavatore, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Global Living Magazine.

“I was so fascinated by the country that I was inspired to create a collection of stories by expats on it,” says editor and contributor Monica Neboli, whose heart-warming experience of drinking camel’s milk in a yurt with her daughters led to the title of the book. “This is the sort of book I wanted to read before leaving for Kazakhstan. Having the right information on hand means you spend less time adapting and more time maximizing the enrichment that comes from knowing a place more deeply.”

Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt: Expat Stories from Kazakhstan will introduce you to the Kazakh landscape, people and cultures as experienced by its expatriates – both those who are passing through and those who have decided to stay.


Monica Neboli (Lecco, Italy, 1969) has always been fascinated by other cultures. She backpacked all over the world before living in Egypt and Kazakhstan with her husband and two daughters from 2006 until 2011. During those five years abroad, she assisted expat families in adjusting to their host country. While in Kazakhstan she ran a seminar to enable the expat community to learn more about the Kazakh culture and history. Monica currently works in the corporate university of an oil company in Italy.


Publication date: August 2013

Publisher: Summertime Publishing

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-909193-23-9; price: $15.50/€11.50/£9.99

Kindle: ISBN 978-1-909193-24-6; price: $7.97

196 pp



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