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Furthermore, not to worry, 500 years is not old. This past Friday (yes, Fourth of July) we went to this island for the day (I will talk about the excursion a bit more in my next entry). In class the day before, we learned about and discussed the history of the island (which is incredibly interesting). Our professor in stating that the island officially became a town in 1551 said that it was not old, that 500 years is not old. I mean, when discussing ...
To start, "Пот льёт как из ведра!" in English means, "Sweat is pouring off of me like from buckets!" This phrase describes perfectly my first impression of Kazan! Our handbook said that it would be pleasant weather, in the 70's daily, and to pack more jeans than shorts to respect the culture. We get here and it is high 80's, blazing sun, and I am sweating profusely. ...
... taking of Kazan from the Kazan Khanate. Its now a UNESCO world heritage site. It houses several administration buildings of the Tatarstan Republic, as well as a cathedral built by Ivan too. Also there is the leaning Syuyumbike Tower. Legend says the the daughter of the deposed khan said she would only marry Ivan the Terrible if he built the tallest tower in the city. He promptly did and she promptly threw herself off of it.
I also got to see my first ever mosque ...
... been added to the caramel.
Later in the day I saw a smaller mosque, and went inside. There, the Imam was so happy that I was interested in the mosque that he gave me a whole tour and told me a lot about the building and its history. It was very beautiful to see a man with so much love for something. Afterwards, he asked me about my travels, and we made general conversation. When I left, one of the attending Muslims gave me a parting gift, a bottle ...
... to the table and that’s where all the trouble began...he was clearly
just topping up from the night before because after about 2 or 3 hours of
conversation, he had passed out and someone had to carry him off to a spare
room. And so the partying from the night before carried on well into the early
hours of Sunday morning!! At the moment when most people had left the room,
Sean and I quickly slipped away and hid out in out dirty little ...