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  1. As the fair is much busier after noon the queues for even Korea and the sphere are quite short early on For us just 10 mins for both Korea and for the sphere
  2. Hello Amysh, I don't know much about architecture and lead times - but I;m wondering if there will be enough (peer-revied/any kind) ofliterature about the pavilion in the timescales necessary for your thesis? Perhaps a pavilion from an earlier exposition would yield more results? The Iranian pavilion in Milan 2015 was stunning. As were the UAE, Venke and Azerbaijan pavilions. The first two designed by famous architects (Foster and libeskind) so likely to be a lot of literature and opinion about them. There could also be an opportunity to consider relocated pavilions (Chile in 1889, UAE in 2010 and planned Monaco and UAE from 2015) and how planning for this constrains design. Good luck
  3. though the fact that it was absent meant one of the few trips to World's Fairs when I have returned and collegues knew about it: several Swedish collegues had travelled across the bridge to Copenhagen and seen the video link to Shanghai
  4. Hi blueexpo, Because of your post I kept an eye out when i was there - and it's slim pickings. I suspect a vegetarian would always say that meat is pointless, but I'm a meat eater and I'd get a dish that was mainly rice (plov/pilaf) - and it would have been fine like that - but there were dollops of meat on it. Even the meat free section of the German pavilion menu had only one vegetarian dish - the other two had fish in it. (the vegetable pancakes were nice though) Someone said that the Kazakhstan population were the second biggest meat eaters in the world - so that might be the cause.
  5. Hello, Just come back from Astana - and yes passports are available and most national pavilions are providing stamps. BUT it does seem as though supplies of the books are not getting distributed to all the merchandise outlets / or they are being filtered out with most supplies going to the shop within the Kazakhstan pavilion. (And other shops and volunteers telling people that that;s where to go) As I said most national pavilions have stamps (some gaps in Africa plaza), Almost all with someone doing the stamping rather than it be help yourself which is understandable given pilfering in earlier expos - but it does mean that if a pavilion is a one person operation and on a break then you miss out. One person operation commoner in the plazas. Japan only stamps between 12 at 6 (the busiest hours) - and I stupidly forgot to return - ach South Korea has a stack of stamps from which to choose and a pair of stampers.
  6. The former Japanese prime minister died in August - maybe for him (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayato_Ikeda)
  7. > found the design a bit intriguing. To me it looks like a styalised carp
  8. Hi CofP33, Did you notice if/where a gift shop was on site? Just with the aim of getting a passport early in my visit (assuming there are any!) Tia wf256
  9. Hi all, For those going to Astana, this map of food and drink locations: There is a Line Brew restaurant in Astan itself which gets good reviews - I'm guessing that this is a branch of the same Regards
  10. I went to see this a couple of weeks ago - and it was lovely. It's different from when at the expo as there's no queuing area with the yellow walls with peep holes, nor the hexagonal garden leading to it. You just wonder in at the ground level or take a sloped path upto the second level (no lift). Though there are still pillar with audio that you access by stiking a small stick into a hole and holding with your teeth. As the CNN article from @gary_h mentions it's connected to bee hives in the park - and as we went on a hot sunny day (not that common in London) it was very very loud. Very nice, and very popular. Although the less good thing I spotted was that it's only open until November this year.
  11. Yes, I wouldn't mind meeting up at some point at the fair. I'll defenitely need a familiar language after being in the city for a few days. I'll keep an eye out for you two for sure, and if it's getting later in the week and I haven't found you I'll send you a message on here.

    I'm average height and will have a very short, thick beard. If you see a young American guy with lots of cameras taking photos all over that'll be me!

    1. wf256

      wf256

      Hi Joey,
      I shall look out for you. I travel without a computer or smart 'phone so unless my hotel has kit I won;t be on-line - so will just watch carefully for a walking camera with beard and an American accent.

      Cheers

      Cass

      PS Envious of you for having seen the NY sphere in your photo - I have a poster of it on my wall - but never seen in person

    2. wf256

      wf256

      Hello Joey,

      How are things going? Unfortunately although I did manage to get on-line whilst in Astana - with a Samsung device that couldn;t handle anything with Javascript - so couldn;t contact you.

      And I drove my companion mad by looking out for you and wheeling up to bearded westeners.

      You have probably worked out as much now as we managed to - but I am properly on-line now if you want to try me out. And I;m going to start answering dangling questions on the forum as well
       

  12. I'll look out for you! I'm in Astana 2nd to 7th, mostly at expo. If you want to look out, or avoid me, I'll be in a wheelchair with a 6 foot man with a beard. I hope you enjoy your first expo - generally I prefer the smaller ones - so am looking forward to it very much
  13. There were passports at the Milan expo - and sufficient pavilions giving out stamps that I actually had no space left to add any more on my last day and resorted to using a notepad from our hotel. wikipedia has a picture of one (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Expo_2015_Milano_Passport.jpg) I think that I bought mine before even got to the fair - probably when I went to pick up my pass from the ticket office at the subway/underground/train station. Some country pavilions were selling them as well (and declining to stamp unofficial passports). But of course if you donlt hit on those then you don;t se them :-(
  14. Thanks - not the most reassuring!
  15. I'm going - but I don't think our times will intersect as I'm going in June and returning before the 24th