Kazan wishlist

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We’ve been in Kazan for a month, and my mood has been off since we arrived. Culture shock? Homesickness? We got here, then I ran out of energy. Not exactly the greatest start to a new place. But there’s always … Read More

First impressions of Kazan

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Привет из Казани! Hello from Kazan! We moved here two weeks ago so that my husband could study for his master’s degree at nearby Innopolis University. It’s a two-year program, meaning we’ll be here for a while and have time … Read More

Welcome to Innopolis!

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My dream came true! Моя мечта сбылась! We finally visited Innopolis! 😁 What is Innopolis? “A city for your ideas.” Innopolis is a brand new Russian city. As you can imagine, building a city from scratch is a daunting task. … Read More

Sightseeing in Kazan

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Here it is, the word that makes everyone learning Russian tremble in fear… Достопримечательности. It takes a while to get the hang of this word, doesn’t it? How long did it take you? I had to break it down into … Read More

One rainy day in Kazan

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Welcome to Kazan, a city that has existed for over one thousand years. It’s the 6th largest city in Russia and a ninety-minute flight from Moscow. It’s also a short drive from one of the country’s newest silicon valleys. Here’s … Read More


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  Have you ever wondered сколько городов в россии (how many cities are in Russia)? According to the 2010 census, Russia has 1100 cities and towns. I’ve only visited a few of them but my favorite- by far!- is Kazan. … Read More

Soviet Lifestyle Museum

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  Добро пожаловать to the Soviet Lifestyle Museum in Kazan, Russia!     How could you not go into a place that shows The History of the USSR in Tea Kettles via a street display?     And it promised to … Read More