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... her again.
I made a special trip off the main tran siberian route for Kazan and not in vain. Definitely my favourite city in Russia I had seen so far. I've never been to the Middle East and have not seen many mosques in my life so not a great deal to compare it to and so for me the Qolsarif Mosque was absolutely beautiful. The mosque was completed in 2005 on the site of the original mosque that dated back to the 16th century. Tatarstan was originally ...
... there was a need to tell me to cheat after she concluded that I had no idea when to right a capital letter, for example at the beginning of a sentence or name. One morning over breakfast, I had my host mom edit (and explain the edits of) a short bit that I had written for class. I write in all lowercase letters because I actually don't know how to write capital script letters in Russian. The print and script letters are different enough that I just never got to learning ...
... that have lived there before me! I am her first girl, so at least I have that going for me...haha.) He is now back in Kazan and visits Mama Katya often. All three of us sat and drank tea talking and laughing away for hours and hours. I have no idea how many cups of tea I had. Mama Katya kept refilling my cup without me noticing. She is indeed quite the hostess, but I have decided to keep it just to tea.
The major lesson of the week was how exhausting Russian class ...
... a beautiful city. It hosted the University Games (an international sporting competition) from July 6 - 17, so the city was full of athletes and volunteers for that from all over the world. We toured the Kremlin, which houses a beautiful mosque built in 2005 within the Kremlin. Kazan is the capital of the Tartar people. It is considered an independent nation within Russia, similar to Native American tribes within the United ...
... a train, or you can hop on and off, like we are doing. Surprisingly,
we have met many people who take a train to the final destination, such as
Vladivostok, eastern Russia and then make several stops on their way back to
where they started. We opted for the Trans-Mongolian as we wanted to continue
our trip into Tibet, which we have since discovered is potentially impossible
at the moment due to the political situation in Tibet, so we will have ...