Learn at least the cyrillic alphabeth !
Without beeing able to read at least the russian alphabet you will hardly be able to get along in places like Kazan / Kasan.
A few young people might speak english or even some german, BUT 99,9% of the people in supermarkets, shops, post-offices, train-counters, police etc. will not understand a single english word.
On the other hand plenty of russian words are really easy to be understood, when you are able to read the cyrillic letters. e.g. PECTOPAH does not make sense on a 1st view, but when reading it you will find out it is a Restauran and for Cafe and pizzeria this applies as well.
Platzkartni is another german word used in russian and there are many more like the word for penalty in Russia is "Schtraf" similar to the german word Strafe with exactely the same meaning.
On my photographs :
1) Do Aljaski - to Alaska 6900 km
2) Do Tokio - toTokio 6400 km
3) Do Mekki - to Mekka
4) above : Bankomat and below : apotheka
Ladies & Gents - dont confuse them
M does not stand for Men , (but muscheni), but at least it is a way to remember, where to enter for gents, the ladies enter on the right, maybe you better remember that cyrillic letter, because you will not always find the doors so close to each other.
In most cases you will have to pay between 5 and 15 rubles to powder your nose in Russia
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
The old Lenin has survived in Kazan as well
In many other cities Lenin-monuments were removed after the last revolution of 1989 , but here in Kazan the monument of old Papa Lenin as well as for the one of the young student Lenin has also survived and you will find it in the middle of the giant sqaure opposite of the famous Kazan - Opera.
Unfortunately we had just a short stop here to take a few pics, but the trafic was too heavy to cross the street and get any closer to the monument.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Wladimir Uljanow had to leave the Kazan-university
A young law-student named Wladimir Uljanow had to leave the Kazan-university because of revolutionary activities already after 114 days and still you can see a monument for him opposite of that university. Wladimir Uljanow had to finish his studies in St. Petersburg and you might know him under the name LENIN.
Here in Kazan / Kasan you might see the only monument for Lenin in his young years.
- Study Abroad
- Historical Travel
My visit was in the beginning of December. So, I witnessed some preparations while I was wandering around. Here, you can see some. Two men were hanging the Christmas lights in Kremlin. Kremlin has a marvelous night view, but I’m sure it will be better with Christmas decorations.
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- School Holidays
- Hot Air Ballooning
Xmas in Kazan
Christmas is a renew holiday in our country. It's celebrated on the 7th of January. It's not so popular such as new Year's Day (the most popular holiday in Russia) or Xmas in all over the world. Xmas in Russia is a religious holiday and a lot of people do to church services on that day. All churches in the Kazan are so beautiful decorated. Dozens of believers go to churches at night on the 6th January and at 0:00 on the 7th January a devine service starts in all churches all over the city. The Chime rings over Kazan.
The tradition to celebrate Xmas on the 7th January started on III A.D. Klement Alexandrian ( I'm not sure that I have translated rightly his name) mentioned the celebration of birth Jesus Christ in the East. At this time believers in the West celebrated the birth of Christ on 25th of December. But since IV A.D. Xmas has been celebrating on 25th December almost everywere. It related to an one reason: the 25th December it was nine months after The Annunciation Day (i.e. the date of holiday was related with physiological pregnancy). Despite this fact, Orthodox believers celebrate Xmas on the 7th of January.
Many believers go to Raifsky Monasetry on Xmas Day. There are so beautiful sculptures made from ice by monks. People dip into cold water of the Raifskoe Lake. It's very interesting show.
Unfortunately, Xmas in Kazan ( and in all over the Russia) isn't so popular like Xmas all over the world.
Weather in Kazan
In my opinion, there are six season in a year in Kazan: spring, summer, Indian Summer, autumn, early winter and latest winter. I find my classification very helpful for visitors.
If you come to Kazan when spring comes (april - may) you wind nature awakens from its long winter sleep. The sky is blue and cloudless, the sun shines brightly. The trees are in full blossom and the ground is covered with emerald-green grass and multicoloured flowers. It is usually warm or even hot during the day (+15+22 C), but temperature can sink to 0 +5 C at nights.This season is good for sights seeing.
The weather is usually fine in summer (June - August), but it can be very hot, especially in July (+30 +40 C). Sometimes there are rains, storms or hails. Summer is suitable for all activities: fishing, hiking, cycling, swimming in lakes and rivers etc.
Indian Summer lasts during approx all September. It is most picturesque period in a year in my city, unfortunately, it is so short. It's still warm during a day (+15 +25 C), however it gets colder and colder.
It often rains in October and November. Autumn is awful season in Kazan. There are puddles and mire on the streets, cars are sprinkle with dirty waters pedestrians and it's really cold (0 +5 C). I would strongly not recommend you to came to see Kazan in this unpleasant season.
The early winter starts with the first snow in December and it lasts till the middle of February. It's too cold (-15 -5 C) but very beautiful. Everything is covered with amazing white snow. It's so good for skiing, skating, mountain skiing. It is a pretty good chance to you for celebration Russian New Year with drinking vodka, driving in a sledge and visiting Russian Banya (Sauna).
The next season is very unpleasant for visiting Kazan. The latest winter is cold (-30 -15 C) and windy. White snow turns into dark grey. There are mire form dirty snow, sand and salt on the streets and it is mortally for your shoes. I suppose visiting The Caribbean is the best thing you have to do!
- Business Travel
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I always look forward to September. There is a short spell of dry sunny weather. In my opinion, there's nothing like the Indian Summer in Kazan, especially in countryside. The leaves turn yellow, red and brown and fall to the ground. It's a beautiful time when the sky is cloudless, the trees around are golden, the air is transparent and it's still warm.
Many city-dwellers have got houses not far from Kazan in the countryside and Indian Summer is the time when they spend week-ends there with friends drinking vine or beer, having BBK and see the Summer off.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons