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... it back to the hostel. I had gone up to a counter of pasta salads, and cooked meats etc and for about half of the dishes on display, when I asked for a boxful, the lady just shook her head with the suggestion that it either would have gone off or wouldn't be very good. Either way, I didn't have the Russian to ask why it was still out on display. Shared a couple of bottles of Russian cognac with a few nice Russian guys at the hostel who were in Kazan studying ...
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. ...
... observations of our journey thus far.
1. Despite the fact no one speaks English, they all wear clothes that have English written all over it. Consequently, you see some interesting shirts that you probably wouldn't seen worn in the states. Here are a few examples of some shirts thus far.
a. A little kid wearing a shirt that says "Cream 369" on it... totally confused on this one.
b. A woman wearing a shirt ...
... opportunities to get off the train as it stops for varying lengths of time
(between 2 and 50 minutes) when at a station, it’s the fact that you can’t
shower and after a few days your fresh food runs out and you are left with,
either dried or smoked fish you buy on the platforms or you are stuck with 2
minute noodles! There are of course different classes onboard trains, 1st
or Spalny vagon, 2nd Kupe,