Volgorechensk is a normal provincial town full of Soviet architecture of the concrete style. In the evening when people come to the square you can see what normal Russian life is all about – family! Kids play with the water at the fountain. If you want to test the old Soviet system of buying products then visit the shop across the square. There you tell the girl what you want in the section where the product is. You then pay and then you pick it up with the receipt. Luckily the shop was near empty and we spoke some Russian otherwise it’s a foreign tourist’s nightmare to shop that way.
Interesting enough they have a WW2 war memorial in the main square here. Interesting because it lists the fallen soldiers from this town, so one wonders how long there has actually been a village here before they started to build the town in 1964.
The trip from Yaroslavl in the evening was long and boring. You get a glimpse of the big hydroelectrical works and that’s about it. It’s a drive along a provincial road. Some cattle decided to cross the road when we approached.
As everywhere in Russia it's popular for young people to gather in parks, around monuments or benches to meet. They will chat, drink beer and socialize as often there is nothing else to do or if there is they can't because of the lack of money.
Once a year there is a festival in June. It’s a gathering of local people on the square in front of Hotel Volgorechensk. They have a stage where young people perform songs and dances and young bands play. Later they have disco until deep into the night. Also you can buy shashlik. I bought myself some for dinner. Early in the morning they already cleaned the square up. Was it all a dream?
On city day festival disco music may keep you awake until deep into the night. This may not be too pleasant if you are on a tour and need your sleep. So travel with earplugs!