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.
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With all the hostel dramas it was quite an effort to force ourselves to get out and explore a little bit and make some use of the day remaining. A major incentive was the Sunday only market which Ivan informed us was the premier one in the country. He was right if the product desired was leather jackets, stonewash jeans, bad shoes, frumpy looking female underwear, or fur coats. An important discovery was that when the stall assistant approaches trying to entice you into a truly appalling leather jacket by saying “mafia” in a hopeful way it is not because he is or thinks you are but that by making such a purchase you could look like a mafioso type. Tempting. [read on]