To be fair, I need to show photos from the old part of the city of Astana. Whenever I went to that part of town (across the river), I felt like the buildings were so much closer and the trees were older and more mature. Sometimes the architecture made me feel like I was back in Kyiv, Ukraine. But only a momentary flashback. More photos show people in the old part of the city where it seemed more comfortable with itself even though the streets were confusing and no one knew where any street was because of all the name changes (from old Russian names to new Kazakh ones).