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Nizhny Novgorod

Posted on 2007.03.25 at 12:16
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Ah, there he is! Three guesses which one of these guys is the soldier on his way to Chechnya. That's right! The shirtless wonder. We spent three days with him. This was the infamous vodka night, when I was still conscious. Soon, the older fellow would be cradling me to sleep while his son (the really ugly guy) and the soldier kept guzzling down the vodka, proclaiming how weak I was because I could only handle like 10 shots or so, and telling Erin that they loved her.



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Our blue bullet that took us across Siberia. Note the grey sky. That's all there is for the rest of the trip.

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The kremlin wall in Nizhny Novgorod, right down the street from the hotel we stayed at. That's the Volga River in the background.

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An Orthodox church in the kremlin compound, with street lights bearing the Nizhny Novgord insignia.

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This church was amazing.

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A closer view.

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And a contribution from Erin! She loves her swirly wrought iron......

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Speaking of Erin, here's Comrade Erin dining on borsch at a Soviet memorabilia restaurant. In honour of the Great Comrade Lenin et al., she wore her red eyes.

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A mosaic mural at the Nizhny Novgord train station. Lots more train/subway station art coming your way, for next up is Moscow.

Comments:


lovableatheist
lovableatheist at 2007-03-25 17:14 (UTC) ()
I noticed that movies that take place in Russia/the USSR were always so grey and depressing because there was never any sun, the only exception being Rocky IV.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 21:41 (UTC) ()
Yeah, we got some sun in Irkutsk, but just a bit. And then for the next few weeks, nothing but grey and drzzling rain from time to time. I would imagine that spring and summer are better, though.
whistle_pea at 2007-03-25 17:27 (UTC) ()
I've liked these pics the most. Such beautiful stuff there.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 21:42 (UTC) ()
We were very impressed with the beauty of Russia. Even Moscow, which we had always pictured as such a dreary city, had tons of amazing architecture.
goodsnail
goodsnail at 2007-03-25 18:54 (UTC) ()
I now see what you mean about the churches standing out but not being incongruous.
The skies are really grey. I wonder what % of the population has SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
More stunning sights, keep 'em coming.
Yippy Skippy Trippy
yippytrippy at 2007-03-25 21:43 (UTC) ()
Probably 97% or thereabouts. Alcoholism probably has a similar stat.
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