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... to become part of Russia.
We continued on a tour around the city and were very impressed by how large it was (over 1,000,000) and how clean and modern.
We had lunch at a Tatar Restaurant, including some very nice fish soup that one of us enjoyed!
After lunch we had one of the highlights of our trip so far. We went on a tour of Kazan University which had been attended by Tolstoy, Lenin, and many other very ...
... letters of script. For example a print "D" sound in Russian looks like a house on stilts. The script lowercase letter is an English lowercase "g." So, clearly, the uppercase script letter is an English cursive uppercase "D." Now that I have made my point, writing in all lowercase letters just makes so much more sense (aka it is just easier). No matter, my host mom concluded that I have no idea when a capital letter should be used. I tried to explain to her that I just ...
... single. day. As the title of this post suggests, my head literally weighs more after class. My head gains weight via Russian the same as I would via McDonald's/ chocolate, etc. Like it is a real struggle for my neck. All I want to do after class is sleep and sleep some more.
Thankfully, my lessons subsided after class on Friday. On Friday night, a bunch of us went to this cute bar called Intellect/IQ Bar where they have books lining the walls. Saturday we had a ...
... the city, I can only agree. The whole city, but especially the area around the Kremlin, feels somewhat like something out of a fairytale, with the Kremlin’s tough red walls and all the onion domes scattered about the city.
My first evening in the city, my priorities were pretty clear, to find accomodation. Eventually, after three that didn’t exist and one that only served Russians, I found a hostel where I was put in a room with five ...
... bus stop was
for our hostel, so she helped us across the road as if we were two little
children. She waited with us until our bus came, asked the driver to let us off
at the right stop and she asked us to please call her when we got to our hostel
so that she knew we had arrived safely! It’s not often that we have received
such hospitality from a group of random strangers.
Our hostel on the other hand was a ...