A Volgograd appetizer

Trip Start Jul 04, 2006
Trip End Jan 15, 2007

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

OK - so I'm cheating a little bit.

Though I placed the pin for this entry in Volgograd, I'm really back in Moscow. That being said, most of this story took place in Volgograd so I think I'm allowed. All you accuracy police can leave me a note at the end of this if you've got a problem (though you may receive a colourful response if you do...).

On the evening of July 6th, Tania, Danika and I met up with old friends Olga and Andreas, along with Andreas' parents and flew off to Volgograd. Again, as per my last post, Tania and I were still without luggage so the clothes we had on could not have been to pleasant by that time. Regardless, we still got a warm reception, so I guess the strength of our great personalities must have overpowered that of the smell from the clothes we've been wearing for 3 days...

In typical Olga and Andreas (well, probably more-so Olga) fashion, it was like a whirlwind getting to the airport. Could have made a great Benny Hill sketch (insert music at this point) with 6 foreigners and 1 Russian flying through the city streets, metros and "Marshrutkas" (like a cab, though one that takes multiple groups and has multiple stops...so like a bus...but not) with suitcases, backpacks (well, not Tania or mine) and croquet sticks (??).

That being said, we made the flight (barely) and landed in Volgograd at about midnight. About 20 minutes later, Tania's bag landed as well (different flight) though mine had decided to spend some more time checking out the sites of London. Thanks again goes out to Olga for keeping on the good people of BA, and the Domodedovo "lost and found", to keep track of where the bag (containing all my worldly possession for the next 6 months) was.

Got a ride with Olga's brother back to her grandparents' flat which we were commandeering for our time in Volgograd - well actually it was in Volzhskiy, a city roughly an hour out of Volgograd proper.

By this time we were all pretty bagged so we set up the beds (as in true Russian style, the fold out!) and proceeded to sleep quite soundly.

Following morning (well, afternoon actually) met up with the wacky international group at a cafe and hashed out a plan. Olga and Andreas' mom were to stay in Volzhskiy for more wedding prep. The rest of us headed off to adventure in Volgograd - city of heros.

OK so now my time is winding down - sometimes I do get too long winded, though as these are for prosperity as well as entertainment, I want to ensure they're complete.

So, that being said, more to come soon (hopefully tomorrow), including pictures. In the meantime, I'm heading off for dinner with some cool people we met at the wedding and then the night train to St. Petes!
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