Monday, August 27, 2007

Russia, from a window perspective

We have two weeks to cross Russia, and it`s totally ridiculous. Way too little time! We have been driving almost every day so far, but today we have some time off in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan (by the Volga river). Torkild and I have been trying to find traces of Lenin at the university, attempting to make a short radio report about it. Lenin was a student at the university here until he was expelled for "revolutionary tendencies". It was quite hard to find people who spoke English, or knew anything about the history of the place, but we managed to get a few quotes that will work. And we got to see lots of Lenin statues, and talk to loads of nice Tatars.

Friday between 4 and 5 pm, there will be short reports about our trip on P2 (Norwegian radio)

Kazan feels a bit like Asia, and reminds me of Istanbul in the way Christian and Muslim traditions mix here. The skyline features both numerous mosques as well as orthodox churches.

Tonight we continue and hope to reach Ufa tomorrow, before passing the Urals and Chelyabinsk on our way to the Kazan border.

From Russia with Love,

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