Classic Russian City

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Flag of Russia  , Nizjnij Novgorod,
Sunday, August 29, 2010

We arrived in Nizhny Novgorod in the evening and got on a bus that goes all the way from the station to the Kremlin via the city centre. Unfortunately, our stop was way before the Kremlin and it took us a while to find the hotel. It was a bit difficult to orientate as the city is very mountainous.

Not many backpackers visit Nizhny Novgorod; therefore there is no hostel as such so we had to stay in a hotel that was much more expensive than hostels. The room was amazing, it was nice to enjoy our own bathroom, TV (in Russian) and a bit of comfort after all the sharing hostels we'd done so far. Lack of tourists in this city also was demonstrated by the hotel staff: they didn’t speak any English, even such a phrase as 'check out’ was unfamiliar to them.

To make up our budget, we decided not to eat out and luckily found a massive SPAR supermarket (the first big supermarket we have seen in Russia so far) with salad and hot food buffet with all sort of Russian meals. We visited the shop everyday and felt like regulars there. It was sad to leave it!

Next morning we explored the city and that was plenty of time as the city consists of one main pedestrian street and the Kremlin. The whole city centre is built on a hill and the rest of the city is going up and down the hills which make it a very picturesque place to wonder around.

Most of the buildings we saw were made of wood and many were beautifully finished. Sadly, lots of them were left unoccupied and abandoned. The city was of course filled with countless churches all as beautiful as the others. There is unwritten law in Orthodox Churches, men have to remove their hat and women have to cover their head. All of these churches have shinny golden cupolas that decorate Russian landscape.

The most stunning point of the city for us was the view of the River Volga with the endless landscape. We enjoyed staying there for a while before walking along the river. This walk was extremely windy and already much colder than the usual (+7dgC in the morning) but finally we had a whole day without the rain. Yeeaahh!!

On the following day, we relaxed most of the day as our train to Yekaterinburg was late in the evening. And as we had time and we love our heavy bags we decided to walk to the train station that was on the other side of a tributary river of the Volga: the Oka.

This time we were in the right train station.

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