This is a story of a young boy, who went to wintry and blizzardy Kazan in the search of happiness. The young boy is accompanied by an older boy and two pretty young ladies 🙂
It was extremely cold in Kazan, in fact the day before we arrived was warm and the day we left was warmer. We just hit the right timing traveling in extremely cold Russian winter. Anyway, we survived this. If we survived traveling in the crazily extreme –27 Celsius, we can survive anything! Ngenge (eyeing Siberian winter)
Some of these photos are credited to Lim Shou Zhi.
Ticket to Kazan from Gorky (Nizhniy) station. It costs about 1375 rubles and there’s a new skyrocketing tariff after New Year 2010. The service still sucks.
Vokzal (train station) in the morning (arrival 0605)
Had to wait till sunrise for this photo 🙂
Morning coffee in the nearby cafe. All of us didn’t sleep well in the train.
Kol Sharif and Kazan Kremlin. It was –20 Celsius, no kidding! From left: Yulia the couchsurfer, Jatdeng the other couchsurfer, Efenem the passive couchsurfer and Rose the non-couchsurfer.
Kol Sharif – the mosque within the walls of Kremlin, landmark of Kazan. Which other city in Russia (or Europe) can you find a mosque as a landmark?
Inside Kol Sharif. Beautifully decorated, but not that big. Probably 4-5 times smaller than Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan. Visitors can have a look inside (entrance is free), have to cover heads (for women) and 3 rubles for the plastic shoe cover (бахили).
The gate of nothingness…
Museum of something something about history of Kazan, the capital of Republic of Tatarstan.
Trilingual signs on the lamp posts in Kazan Kremlin.
Had a lunch with another couchsurfer in Kazan, Chamil.
My humble lunch– duck pie with bullion
It was so cold and windy outside we decided to order in Pizza and Sushi from our Bulgaru Hostel host
My humble dinner – thin seafood pizza with very little cheese shared with 4 people!
Another humble dinner – unagi rolls with pathetically small wasabi on top left.
After a disappointing Kazanic dinner, I had nothing else to do at 9pm. Plus, I didn’t sleep well in the train the previous night. So, goodnight!