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Oct 5, 2018 - Kazan - Tartarstan

Welcome, Kazan is said to be Russia's third capital and the heart of its Muslim population. It's easily the most interesting city so far. The Urals were no more than a gentle rise on our way here to European Russia and the banks of the Volga. The 12th century Kremlin (fortress) built by Ivan the Terrible is a World Heritage Site. The site contains a striking mosque, a 15th century Orthodox church and several excellent museums. The mineralogical museum is the best I've ever visited and the adjacent Natural History museum is world class....

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Aug 17, 2008 - Kazán

Por vez primera en el viaje he llegado a una ciudad en la mañana, lo que ha facilitado el conseguir una habitación (el petróleo está a más de 100 dólares y los rusos tienen bastante así que como en Argelia o Venezuela todo el mundo está viajando y los hoteles están llenos). Así, he llegado a la capital de Tartastán, tierra musulmana dentro de Rusia. La atracción de esta ciudad está basada en su Kremlin, que originalmente era un fuerte tártaro, de hecho esta ciudadela es patrimonio mundial UNESCO, principalmente por su diversidad; es posible...

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Mar 1, 2008 - Kazan Trip

1 Tag fuer 1000 Jahre. Gegen 4.30 Uhr quaelten wir uns aus den Betten. Susan hatte bei mir uebernachtet, da das Taxi zum Flughafen vom Buero aus fuhr. Am Abend zuvor waren wir noch in einem Club, dementsprechend schlaftrunken ging alles von sich. So einen langsamen Taxifahrer habe ich noch nie in Russland erlebt. Er hat sich doch tatsaechlich an die Tempolimits gehalten. Vielleicht lag es auch daran, dass er 4 Leute im Auto hatte - Susan, Tucker, Kate und mich. Aber dank der fruehen Stunde haben wir es ohne Staus in 45 min. zum Flughafen...

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Jul 26, 2005 - Lots of Card Games

The next day on the train was spent almost exclusively playing cards. I didn't even get a chance to take any pictures out the windows! And two new kids were added to the group. Another Serioga (10) really smart and just a great kid, and his little sister, Iolia (5). Iolia is probably one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen. In the previous days she would walk by my room and smile and then run away, but I finally convinced her to come in and sit down. Though she was two shy to play cards, and the boys kind of took over, so I didn't...

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May 14, 2005 - Kazan

I'm in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan. For years I've wanted to visit this city, in part to see whether famously independent minded Tatarstan really feels 'different'. And secondly to compare its marvellous UNESCO recognised kremlin with those of Tobolsk and of Astrakhan (which was the first city in Russia I ever visited). Best of all this is not 'my' territory - ie I don't have to research the place for the guide. I'm simply on my way home and seeing it as a tourist. Wow. It's inexpressibly thrilling to be able to walk past a hotel and NOT...

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