The Most Surprising Innovation Lesson on Earth? A Tropical Beach in Kazakhstan at Twenty Degrees Below Zero

Last month, I had the pleasure of enjoying a tropical beach.  But this was no ordinary tropical beach.  True, I got to sink my feet into fine, warm sand, lounging beneath palm trees that fringed crystal clear waters.

But the thermometer registered nearly twenty degrees below zero!

So where in the world was I?

Only the second coldest capital in the world!

Welcome to the indoor tropical beach in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan!  This beach is located on the top floor of the Khan Shatyr shopping center, which also happens to be the world’s tallest tent structure.  The beach provides a warm and welcome refuge from the subzero temperatures outside, after a long day of work.

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