Though Nikita’s is about the only accommodation option in Khuzir nothing is stinted upon to make a stay very comfortable. A little more expensive than the oh so basic city hotels the provision of three cooked meals a day more than made up for having to reach a little deeper into the pocket. Each plate brought out contained as much as we had been eating in a day.Even though we arrived well after the advertised lunch period was over the friendly staff assured us it was no problem and ushered us through into the dining hall. [read on]
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The thing is that, despite all previously documented troubles, Kazan is a really great place and I am really glad that the route was able to be influenced away from the usual stop in Perm to include it. Officially the third capital of Russia and recently done up to celebrate its 1000th birthday the tone of the place starts at the Kremlin which models co-operation to all by containing both a mosque and an orthodox cathedral. We had read that there was a strong separatist movement in Tatarstan and to expect to be asked about this. We weren’t asked so we sought out opinion on this and found that there may have been murmurings in the 90s but it seems that money has quelled those with the resource boom making the region very wealthy. Or maybe it is because FC Rubin Kazan is top of the league.