Kazan

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I found a very nice hotel just outside the train station.  It had wireless internet, nice rooms, and a great breakfast.  I took a picture of the young lady who served the breakfast; she always had a friendly smile and tried her best to talk with me despite our language difference.  After breakfast I headed into town.  As there seems to be no organized dog “birth control,” there are always dogs running around Russia.  Some are quite cute, others are very aggressive.  Parking seems to be tight in Kazan with many cars parking on the sidewalk.

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I made a stop at the Peter and Paul Cathedral.  It was quite beautiful and had a nice view of the city.  Like many places in Russia, single post cards are not sold.  You must buy a book of one or two dozen.  After the cathedral I made my first visit to the post office to mail my post cards.  Then, I went post card hunting.  Most cards had writing on the back, but under the front gate of the Kremlin I found some very nice cards.  Later, after my tour of the city, I had a nice lunch and sent post cards home to friends and family.

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Kazan is an amazing city.  Over a thousand years old, it boasts a history that rivals many of the great cities of the world.  The city is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan; a republic of mixed Russian and Tatar people.  The main street leading from the Kremlin houses the government of Tartarstan and policemen were posted on each corner.  There seemed to be politicians and government people scurrying back and forth from office to office.

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