Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt

Book Cover: Drinking Camel's Milk in the Yurt
Editions:Paperback: £ 9.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781909193239
Pages: 194
Kindle: £ 4.99 GBP

Drinking Camel's Milk from the Yurt: Expat Stories from Kazakhstan

Monica Neboli (Editor)

The Republic of Kazakhstan emerged from the former USSR as an independent nation in 1991. It is one of the largest countries in the world and Astana, its capital, is one of the youngest (and coldest) capital cities. In this anthology of expatriate experiences in Kazakhstan, 24 authors from 11 countries show us this Central Asian country as they know it.

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.

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.

Whether you are an expat, a traveller or just curious about other cultures, 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.

Reviews:Alison Cavatore, Editor-in-Chief of Global Living Magazine wrote:

A unique exploration of Kazakhstan through the eyes of foreigners, Drinking Camel’s Milk in the Yurt touches upon cross-cultural exchanges, city living, history, traditions, unexpected friendships, adventure and more. With a generous mix of light-hearted expat tales and reflective stories of adaptation and discovery, this anthology enthrals the reader from beginning to end. 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 long standing traditions are common threads that weave this vast nation together.

M. Elena Spikermann, Literary Agent wrote:

Twenty-four stories of impressions, memories, thoughts and emotions by expatriates in Kazakhstan – all topped with descriptions of aromas, flavours, colours and landscapes that trigger the imagination and carry one into this country straddling Europe and Asia.

Author: Monica Neboli

Monica Neboli (Lecco, Italy, 1969) has always been fascinated by other cultures. Before getting married, she backpacked all over the world. She then lived abroad with her husband and two daughters from 2006 until 2011, when she returned to her home country. During those five years abroad, she lived in Egypt and Kazakhstan, working as a coach to expat families, assisting them in adjusting harmoniously to their host country. While in Egypt, she wrote a booklet, ‘Benvenuti al Cairo’ [‘Welcome to Cairo’], for expat families arriving in Cairo, in collaboration with GIE (Gruppo Italiani in Egitto: a group for Italians in Egypt) and the Italian Embassy. While in Kazakhstan she ran a seminar called ‘Fundamentals of living in Kazakhstan’ to enable the expat community to learn more about the culture and history of their host country. Monica and her family enjoyed experiencing the many different cultures and peoples of Kazakhstan and it was this that inspired her to compile a book of expat experiences in Kazakhstan. She has two daughters, Eleonora and Agata, who are happily growing up as citizens of the world. Monica currently works in the corporate university of an oil company in Italy.