I don't know about you, but I like to have a clear picture of the geography when I move to a new place. Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world. It is divided into 14 Provinces or Oblys as shown in the map. Almaty, of course, is in the south-eastern-most province.
Study up, at some point I am going to post a quiz.
I also found this map of the geographical regions interesting.