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The long road trip in Russia is now over. I just returned to Moscow this afternoon from Yaroslavl, where I finally met a Russian boyfriend, who spoke almost no English! :)) He came to our table, sat down, started petting my hair, blowing me kisses and trying to have a lot of conversation over coconut beer. Each trip, it's necessary to explore the local bars for one night, and one night only. It started at a basic pub, and then onward to a Soviet style kitchen, with a unique feature!

1. An old school telephone at the table. My hosts told me to dial a number and place an order to the kitchen. Ring, ring...no answer. Maybe they were just playing games with me. :) It was hard to tell after so many vodka shots.

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2. Basically, Yaroslavl can be summed up in one photo. I'm usually getting drunk once a year, and it somehow always happens in Russia. It isn't necessary to touch alcohol again for a very long time. Thanks to Olga, Ilya, lovigin and macos for the local hospitality! And special thanks to Timur for showing me some sights in Yaroslavl.

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Now I sit in Moscow for only a few hours, and will board the night train to Kazan this evening. This time, I'll travel third class, and maybe meet some interesting bunk mates. When I took the long train ride from Moscow to Adler last year for the Olympics, I was in a first class cabin, with someone I knew. Now, a solo adventure on Russian Railways. If I have readers in Kazan who have a car, and free time, please write in comments or send me a message. I really want to get out of city center and especially meet an authentic Tatar family who is willing to speak with me and be photographed. Of course, I need someone who can speak English and translate because my Russian is very, very bad!

In will be in Kazan all day Thursday and Friday. What is there to see and do, besides churches??


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roman_dochkin
Mar. 4th, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
Very brave traveler.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know why everyone considers me so brave? It's normal to interact and drink with locals when you travel abroad. I have never been one to just sit in a hotel or resort. I guess I'm a hardcore American. :) We are adventurous people also.
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elgreco
Mar. 4th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
Все таки лучше не бухать, а делать вот так:



Где-то читал, что у мужчин хронический алкоголизм появляется через 10 лет употребления 1 бутылки пива 1 раз в месяц, а у женщин всего через 2 года. Связано с разницей в гормонах.
creaze
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC)
(шлёпает себя по лбу) ЧЕТЫРЕ сотки! В Сибири!
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avanik
Mar. 4th, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
Well, you is health)
In Russia would not otherwise get.
In Kazan there UDIKOV Alex


Edited at 2015-03-04 11:51 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know this blogger and he has been very helpful. Unfortunately, he does not speak English so well and has a normal day job, like most people. So, most readers in the area are occupied during the weekday.
elgreco
Mar. 4th, 2015 11:51 am (UTC)
Вот интересно было бы не только "программу студентами по обмену", а еще и программу обмена президентами.

Обаму на годик в Кремль, "нашего всё" на его место, Порошенко в Германию, а Меркель — наводить порядок на Украине.

Хотя зря она замуж за Каддафи в своё время не вышла, я так надеялся ;-)
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gella_key
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
What an excellent title for a post about Russia :-). Wish you'd rather travel to Saint Petersburgh from Moscow, then you'd pass my town and I'd be happy to show you a lot of authentic russian lifestyle :-) called глубинка. Well, maybe some other time. Have a safe and interesting trip to Kazan.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:07 pm (UTC)
I've already traveled from Moscow to St. Petersburg via car during my first trip to Russia, and been to both cities numerous times. Each journey, I'm trying to visit different cities and areas. About traditional Russian life, I saw plenty, because I stayed in a village in the Kostroma region for one day and night. It was the most heartwarming and interesting day of the trip. :) I will write that story later. Now I have time for only short posts.
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perycalypsis
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
Some solo hitchhikers travel with a travel buddy mascot, for example, one girl with toy donkey named Vladimir. Do you ?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
No. :) A lot of travelers do this. Take a small stuffed animal or object, and place it in photos throughout their travels. I am always carrying too much stuff. Big camera, purse...no room for one more item like this. :)
Пьер Безухоff
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
It seems to me that the last photo has staged.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
Staged? :)) Everything I write here is real. Somehow readers always find a way to develop a conspiracy theory about me.
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vitsky
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
"Third class" - is it "плацкарт"? Надеюсь, на боковушках? ;)
noizz_orb
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
I guess "third class" is what we call "общий вагон", i.e a ticket without a seat.
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andrey_kaminsky
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
Попробую угадать
In the first photo there is Kolyan Naumov, the star of "Real guys" show.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Попробую угадать
Kolyan is more handsome. :) I don't know this show, or any Russian television. On Aeroflot, I watched some sitcom about a former mobster who is now a P.E. (physical education/sports) teacher at a school. I was most surprised that you can say "shit" and other very dirty words in Russian TV shows. In the U.S, I think it's pretty much limited to "ass" and "damn." Extreme bad words like "fuck" or "shit" never appear on broadcast TV shows, only cable.

Edited at 2015-03-04 12:15 pm (UTC)
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mytb
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
kremlin_curant
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:15 pm (UTC)
Nice trip. Coming to Russia to visit lot of American bars and got drunk as a Russian drunkard. Reminded me the old soviet anecdote.

The students are 1-st day back in their school after summer vacation.
The teacher asked them to write composition "How I spent the time in my vacation"
Girls started to write down, but boys stayed idling.
- What happened, children, why do you boycott my task? - wondering teacher.
- Sorry, teacher, we don't remember nothing what happened in the summer.
????
- Because we drank vodka all vacation long.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
I drank only one night the entire trip. :) Even in the U.S., I am rarely drinking alcohol and definitely not getting drunk. I'm not a social person, usually I'm sitting at home reading, watching the news, or working on the blog in the evenings.
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j1980
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC)
отличное название поста )
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
It is always necessary to have provocative or amusing titles to draw attention on LiveJournal. :)
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bblack_78
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
Good luck!!!
I'll waiting you post about Kazan.
Thanks
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have so many posts to write from this trip, I don't know when I will find the time. I will go back to my lawyer job the day after I return to the States.
welcome to kazan tomorrow! - kukmor - Mar. 4th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: welcome to kazan tomorrow! - peacetraveler22 - Mar. 4th, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: welcome to kazan tomorrow! - kukmor - Mar. 4th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
notabler
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
The last picture is the best! But I bet it isn't selfi )))
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
No, it is not a selfie! I did not even know this photo was taken, until I awoke the next morning. :))
qi_tronic
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
You will travel in platzkart? :))
I think someone will offer you to drink with them.
Keep your money and documents on your body while sleeping.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 4th, 2015 12:53 pm (UTC)
I do not think I will sleep. I barely even sleep at night in hotels, so probably not on the train either. To drink with strangers, I won't. Esp. as a female traveling alone. Necessary to exercise caution in such situations.
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