This is a continuation of Wintry Kazan 2010 (Part 1) about a young boy with his friends who went to Kazan for some extreme traveling. The second day was a much colder day, it was –27 Celsius (the first day was –20 Celsius).
I slept at 9pm the previous night, so I kinda had a long and sweet dreams that I snored too loud it woke someone up from sleeping. Morning after prayers, cleaning up and checking out from Bulgaru Hostel, we went for breakfast.
We had a questionable dinner last night, so for breakfast I decided to compensate. I had two plates of this oily thing:
I don’t care what society says. I love this meat and potato thing!
After the energizing breakfast, we went for a walk in Kazan village in the –27 Celsius. The faces above are just for the camera. The reality was that we felt intense pain like our fingers and toes were going to come off!!
The journey towards happiness is painful… ngenge
In the middle of our very long and painful journey, we saw the desert of nothingness but snow.
We finally reached our destination. This colorful building is called “All-religions temple” or Храм всехрелигии. It combines 16 world religions. Mosque, church, pagoda, synagogue and religions of now-vanished civilizations are situated together.
All-religions temple, me and the little snowman…
After the very harsh journey, we were invited by Yulia the couchsurfer to her home for lunch. The lunch was a combination of Russian and Tatar lunch – which was unique and nourishing!
The noodle soup (şulpa), eaten with bread. Soup is always the first course in Russian-style lunch. You must always have the soup before proceeding to the second course.
Some of the mushrooms picked from Yulia’s village
Salted fish. You either like this food, or you don’t. No middle or neutral ground. I do like it very much~
Another Tatar food, qıstıbí – unleavened pancake folded into two and filled with mashed potatoes
Trying on Tubeyteka or “kopiah” in Bahasa Melayu
A photo to remember – with Yulia’s family. Taken after lunch before saying thanks and goodbye to Yulia’s parents hospitality.
Night out, it was less cold at night than in the morning. Zhi insisted we take photos of the cities at night and it was really worth it!
Some Kazanic theater…
Some of us had to pee so we used the Tatar Congress building ngenge… Well, if it was Nizhniy, we’d sure be kicked out already!
Kazan kremlin at night.
Kul sharif and me at night…
In front of kol sharif entrance. It’s closed after Isha’ prayer.
Me and the city of Kazan
Goodbye Kazan. It was surely a great and adventurous trip. Couchsurfing makes the trip much better despite the extreme cold! Thanks to Yulia for bringing us around and credits to Zhi for the great photos!