Astana is a city most people probably can’t place on a map, but since being allocated as Kazakhstan’s new capital in 1997 and being built, essentially from scratch, into a sparkling metropolis in preparation for hosting Expo 2017, we think that’s bound to change pretty soon.

From signs plastered on every city bus to small placards in even the tiniest rural towns, it’s pretty clear that Expo fever has swept the nation and although we were on the opposite side of the country, we knew it was an event we didn’t want to miss.

Since the inaugural World’s Fair that was hosted by London in 1851 and gifted the city with the Crystal Palace, subsequent events have had a habit of leaving behind a legacy landmark.

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