Friday, July 15, 2011
This is the map of our trip inside of Russia. If you want to see it in more detail, here is the link to the entire trip including where we went after Russia.
On the above photo the red line toward Moscow on the left is the end of our plane flight to Moscow.
So, from Moscow we were taking overnight train to Saratov, a big industrial and cultural city on the Volga river. All of our friends and relatives in Russia were worried about our safety and also the impression that we might get if we had no explanation of what we see. Simon's friend from his graduate school Dima coincidentally had to go to Moscow to receive some documents, so he chose to do it on the day we were there. Not only he came, he also arranged his ticket back to Saratov (he lives there) for the same train as we were taking. It was so good to see him and have some extra time on the overnight train.
Dima and his wife Lyudmila took us into their home, fed us, entertained us, showed their city where they spent all their lives and met each other in grade 1.
We loved to see them and catch up with their life. Dima ( Дмитрий Александрович) is a mathematics professor at the Saratov State Technical University and a graduate of Saratov State University my husband Simon's Alma Mater.
Here are some photos of Saratov
We mostly took pictures of places where we lived, our son played, and so on. It was not a trip to do some sightseeing, so I am not going to show many of the photos here that I think will be somewhat painful for our friends to see here. This city of 900,000 people has a rich history, one the oldest universities, music conservatory, great theaters and music halls, many different profile universities where you can receive almost any profession, beautiful parks and is located on on the bank of one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
Like any city it has its own problems, but it is not for me to talk about them. I wish all the best to people living there and I am very happy to see many improvements in many areas and the rest of it hopefully will get better with time.
Next is Samara.