|This is overwhelming...|
Despite my initial reservations - about the journey, the weather, the food, money, what to bring, my first accommodation, finding a flat, speaking Russian to actual Russians - I'm actually starting to feel really excited. So, for anyone taking the trouble to read this, here are some things from the month I spent in Kazan' that I hope to see more of, so I can bring you many more beauties and oddities:
|Non-EU regulated produce|
|Health and safety? Not in your bed|
|Or in your hallway. That's a feral dog|
|A tearoom, please! Not a misleading Italian restaurant|
|Infrastructure equipped for the weather|
|The mother of all mosquito bites|
|Devout Russian orthodoxy (holy water spring)|
|Patriotism and/or babes|
|Theatre and other cultural pursuits|
|A pet monkey. Okay...this probably won't happen again|
So, there you go comrades, hopefully a taste of what's to come. I will try to bear this in mind if the going gets tough:
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
But please do send me Marmite.