The Volga river cruise
Hi everybody! On June 12 Russia day is celebrated. It's the annual national holiday of the Russian Federation since 1992. It must be admitted that the attitude to this holiday in Russia is rather ambiguous. Many people consider this day as a tragic date, when the process of disintegration of the USSR starts. However the fact is that after this day Russia has got its present look with its national flag, anthem and emblem of the Russian Federation.That's why today I dedicate my blog to Russia or, to be more exact, the Volga river cruise.
Last year I worked as an interpreter and a host on the government project between Russia and Bulgaria, which name was The year of Bulgarian culture in Russia. It means, the receiving side, Russia, had been organizing concerts, performances and shows on the territory of the Russian Federation with the participation of Bulgarian artists during a year.
In autumn a great opportunity to take a view on a little part of the vast expanse of my homeland appeared. Our tour began in Moscow and we had been traveling by motor vessel down the Volga for almost one month. It's so fortunate! In spite of rainy season, the weather was wonderful! We had been bathing in the sun on the upper deck of white motor vessel «Ilya Repin» all days long. And at nights we had been grooving to the music there! Lots of fun!
Of cause, it was so, when we were free. In other time it may say, we worked as horses! Usually we sailed up in the city early in the morning and first of all we went to see the stage, where the concert used to be held. As usual it was the main theatre of the city. Ancient or modern, but grandiose! Our technical group installed the sets, made sound and light check. The observing of this process was incredible experience! It's amazing, when you understand the mechanism of the performance on the inside! And of course it's awfully interesting to be on the back stage! Then the artists rehearsed till the late afternoon. The second part of a day we used to see local attractions and make official meeting with the Administration of the city.
The day after arriving began with hearty welcome of local girls and boys in native costumes with folk songs and bread with salt, according Russian tradition. After that the press conference and the concert were held. It seemed the whole town had gathered in front of the concert place. It must be admitted, we had a great success and the guests were extremely pleased and grateful! The artists played an encore in each city!
We've visited with the concerts nine Russian cities with population about 1 million people, which means that we were in the largest cities in Russia. All of them are different with their own fascinating atmosphere!
Yaroslavl is the key point. It has a bear on its emblem, that's way it's favorite town of the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev (Medved is translated from Russian as a bear). Just a joke!
Nizhniy Novgorod is famous for its Kremlin.
Cheboksary is the capital of the Chuvash Republic, the ancestral home of Bulgarian nation.
In my opinion the most gorgeous city is Kazan. It's the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan and it seemed very rich and well-groomed. Moreover the national composition is varied, it includes Tatar, Russian, Chuvash, etc. That perceptibly affected the architecture of the city.
The old name of Volgograd is Stalingrad, where the famous Battle of Stalingrad took place during World War II. The city resisted with extensive damage and was restored. The Memorial complex is commemorated the battle, dominated by an immense allegorical sculpture of Mother Russia, was erected on the Mamayev Kurgan, the hill that saw the most intense fighting during the battle.
Astrakhan is situated in the delta of the Volga. Because of a closeness to the Caspian Sea, it's one of the major Russian port. The industry of the city is very developed and the main enterprise is Gasprom Astrakhan.After our last destination, we took a plane and returned to Moscow, tired and happy!
That's all for today, friends!
PS: Ole, ole to the World Cup!