Mariya

Kazakhstan

This is
Mariya Moisseyeva (1995)

Country of origin
Kazakhstan

In the Netherlands since
2013

In Amsterdam since
3 months

Profession
Economic student

Loves
Traveling

Would like to
Join the New Year's Dive in Scheveningen

Misses
Spontaneously meeting with people

Kazakhstan in Amsterdam
'The east part of Amsterdam. That reminds me of Kazakhstan because of the many Turkisch stores located over there.'

“When I say I’m from Kazakhstan, people always mention Borat, the fictitious Kazakh journalist as played by the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. It’s a pretty extreme characterization, which is relatively on the mark.


People from Amsterdam are very calm. In Kazakhstan people are much more extreme, for example when showing emotion. The same applies to the weather. We have extreme cold winters and baking hot summers. I really miss those summers here in Holland. But I miss the fantastic cultural life of Amsterdam whenever I’m in Kazakhstan.

I live in the Bijlmer. It might not have the reputation of being the nicest part of town, but it’s cheap and I like it. It’s really multicultural and different from the rest of Amsterdam. You’ll hear people speaking in foreign languages more often than in Dutch. Hollanders accept everyone and aren’t judgemental; it’s a tolerant society. People are much more judgemental in Kazakhstan.

Here I’ve learned that people are allowed to have different opinions. You don’t have to agree all the time, but can respect someone else’s opinion. My inner Kazakh comes out when I forget this. I do things my way.”

104 people in Amsterdam have the Kazakhstani nationality


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