I visited Kazakhstan with my sister and father to meet my brother-in-law's family in Shymkent, Kazakhstan in 2006. It was one of the most memorable trips of my entire life even though the trip was less than a week. We ate Kazakh food, heard and participated in Kazakh music, and visited an enormous Islamic mausoleum in Turkestan. The Kazakhs were some of the warmest and hospitable people I have encountered. I learned a song on the Kazakh dombra (lute) from my sister's father-in-law and uploaded to YouTube. The video has gotten over 70,000 hits and was featured on Kazakh TV of westerners embracing Kazakh culture.
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