Monday, July 11, 2016

Snapshots of Russian Life

#1. The country's first monument to Jules Verne, overlooking the Volga and Oka rivers.

Here are 13 pictures to show you what these first few days in Nizhny Novgorod have been like. (Because, of course, even numbers are unlucky in Russia.)

#2. The dorm room.
#3. Welcome lunch at the university.
#4. Some of Nizhny's churches.

#5. Another overlook above the city's rivers.
#6. Another student and I tried "electrical vitamins" by placing our hands on these metal patches. I guess it worked? ;)
#7. View from the window of a cell phone store.
#8. Girl's bathroom in the dormitory. They weren't kidding about bring-your-own-toilet-paper!
#9. Souvenir stand. D has requested a matryoshka doll for one of his co-workers and I'm on the hunt.
#10. You can eat lunch for $1 USD in the student cafeteria...
#11. ... but who can resist those cute little grocery shops?!
#12. Nizhny Novgorod will host some international sports event next year (I'll look it up) and the city is going ballastic over it. Reminds me a lot of Kharkiv and Euro2012.
#13. Back in the dorms- someone's teakettle.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek at life here :) I'll tell you more about some of these pictures soon. Meanwhile, what thirteen things have defined your July so far?


  1. #12 Nizhny Novgorod is one of the 11 host cities for the FIFA world soccer championships in 2018. Many friends here have already asked if I wil accompany them to Russia during the games ;)

    Looks like you're having an awesome time!

    1. Ah ha! Thanks for this, Chelsea :) Are you answering "maybe", I hope? Sounds like you're ready to be an official tour guide.

  2. It's amazing how similar all Russia cities are! Also, I hate the no toilet paper thing!

    1. I hear you ;) And here in the dorms you have to jealously guard it or someone else will cart it off. Hot commodity and all that!