Kazan. July 21, 2008 – day 3. Getting older in the rainstorm and sunset.

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This day I turned…hmm…it doesn’t actually matter, the figure is terrible but I don’t feel like being that old J Anyway, it is my personal holiday. I call my birthday “Marinkin Den” (Marina’s Day) and for me it is quite an unconventional holiday, I would rather say an egoistic one. I can hardly rememeber when was the last time I had a big traditional birthday party with a cake, ballons etc. etc. Friends I DO love you all but on July 21 Marina belongs to herself only.

 

Oh yes not to be completely egocentric I started the day with some shopping and bought some souvenirs for my family and friends.

Rainstorm. Bauman Ul.
I was just paying for the last item • a bell for my mom, she is collecting them • as a terrible rainstorm started. It was a real flood! Of course, I had no umbrella and had to keep myself under the belltower of the Epiphany Church  -  I was lucky to have some roof above my head and a great viewpoint over Bauman Ul. At first people were annoyed buy this sudden weather change and were trying to keep themselves dry but the more it rained the more people enjoyed it. They took off their shoes and were trying to find there way on the street turned into a river. Unable to change the situation people started just having fun • lauging and dancing in the rain. “How romantic!”, a girl exclaimed, soaking wet she was almost floating in a puddle. 

 

When the rain stopped I rushed to my hotel to change my dress and have some hot tea. In jeans, snickers and armed with my umbrella I went out again. I headed to the post office to send a postcard to a friend from Cape Town and made a crazy impression on a post office teller asking for a stamp for South Africa.

A street or a river?
She looked at me as if I were out of my mind (maybe I really am) so it is still a mystery for me how my friend got my postcard.

 

Done with gifts and postcards I had my solid birthday lunch in an Uzbek restaurant called Rubai and then had to go back to my hotel to change my dress again since it became very warm and sunny again. Life is beautiful!

 

My next destination was Shurale Amusement Park with the Big Dipper. I had to make my way by the Kremlin again, then pass the dam. The park is situated in the lowest part of the city • I wonder whose idea it was to build a big dipper there but • strangely enough • the view from the top is magnificent! In Kazan the difference berween working days and weekends is very obvious and since it was Monday I was the only person willing to have a big dipper ride • it was just me and the city lying below.

Two girls trying to find their way
Awesome! Everything is for me on my birthdayJ

 

The next thing I wanted to do was a Volga boat-trip so I headed to the River Station. The rain in the morning changed my plans a bit and unfortunatelly I had no time for Riviera beach. When I arrived at the River Station it was almost 7 pm. 2-hour Volga boat trips operates daily at 3 and 7 pm • be usre you are there in advance to buy your tickets and find your boat (especially on weekends). Price: 170 RUB (around $ 7). The trip was terrific • I have never seen so beautiful a sunset on a river! It is hard to describe • better to see.

 

I was in a great mood after the trip • this sunset was a wonderful birthday gift for me from the great Russian river • and was thinking what to do next.

Water, water...
Oh...some cake! I dropped by a coffee shop called “Capital” (Tukay Square) and enjoyed my cheesecake and some red wine. It was the right thing to do not only because it was fine but also because a terrible rainstorm started! It was a 30-second change from a beautiful sunset to a thunder. I was sitting with my wine in a cosy coffee shop surrounded by some retro stuff and watching the terrible rain outside. “Girl you are lucky”, said I to myself.

 

When the rain finally stopped, I was willing to continue my evening and headed to a place called El Macho. It was a total disappontment (later in the review) so when you are in Kazan skip this place. I ended up in a tested Cuba Libre having many cocktails and chatting with barmen about life, Moscow and Kazan. It was fun and a nice end of my long and so manifold day.  

 

 

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Kazan Post Office
Kazan Post Office
Rainstorm. Bauman Ul.
Rainstorm. Bauman Ul.
A street or a river?
A street or a river?
Two girls trying to find their way
Two girls trying to find their way
Water, water...
Water, water...
Me after the rainstorm
Me after the rainstorm
Kazan Kremlin seen from the Big Di…
Kazan Kremlin seen from the Big D…
Me at the top of the world
Me at the top of the world
Kremlin
Kremlin
Me in front of the Kremlin
Me in front of the Kremlin
Me
Me
Kul-Sharif and a cool girl
Kul-Sharif and a cool girl
Kul-Sharif mosque
Kul-Sharif mosque
Kazan River Station
Kazan River Station
Volga
Volga
Russian flag
Russian flag
Kazan
photo by: alexchan