Photo by: Ilnar Tukhbatov Legendary Philanthropist – Asgat Galimzianov Kazan, 4 January, Source: Tatar-inform The public of Tatarstan have suffered a great loss. On the evening of 3 January 2016, Asgat Galimzianov, a legendary philanthropist who understood life as doing good deeds, passed away. Asgat Galimzianov was born on 2 March 1936 in the village of … More One of Tatarstan’s Legendary Philanthropists Passes
Rachmaninoff in Concert Last night the wife and I got to go to an absolutely wonderful concert featuring the music of Rachmaninoff. I’ve heard orchestras play in the States but nothing like what we got to hear last night. What we got to take part in is what is called the Lilac Festival that comes … More Rachmaninoff – A Night to Remember
Life on Reunion Island It is the people of Réunion who add a living soul to the ‘intense isle’. It is a true melting pot and a ‘rainbow nation’ far exceeding that of South Africa. After spending some time communing with nature in the mountains or amongst the coral, take time to experience a culture … More Mirror Reflections – Reunion Island & Russia
The first glimpse of the Island is a beautiful sight. It hard to conceive that the materials for this small town started 885 kilometers (550 miles) away in the Uglich forest not far from a city with the same name. It took a full winter to cut down and prepare all the materials, at the … More In the mind of a Tsar – A town is Born – Part II
After an eleven day siege on the Kazan Kremlin Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible) was forced to retreat. The retreat itself took place on February 12, 1550. Grozny (which means inspiring fear or terror) more than likely wasn’t pleased that he was put into the position of having to back down regrouped his troops a … More In the mind of a Tsar – A town is Born
Sviyazhsk Island Sviyazhsk Island has some very interesting history, which I would like to share with you. We just got back from this little island in the middle of the Volga River. But the night is getting late and I must do the research before I post the rest of the pictures along … More Church on Sviyazhsk Island
Part II Hospital #7 where I was operated on and stayed for five days It ain’t the Hilton I must say of all the places where I could have been operated on I’m very thankful that it happened at Hospital #7 in Kazan. But a hospital stay in Russia is very different then one in … More Threading the Needle – A Tatarian woman and Russian woman
Part I This picture doesn’t come close to showing how high tech the operating room was, where I had my surgery Walking the Green Mile For the last week I’ve been out of commission because I was in for surgery. The hospital I had my operation at had some of the most high tech equipment … More Threading the needle- A Story about Russian Medicine
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and Riviera Tower Limited Liability Company have signed a management contract for a new deluxe hotel in Russia. The Kazan property will help the international hotel group with Swiss roots reinforce its footing in the Eastern European market and is scheduled to open in 2016. The new outstanding hotel will follow … More Kazan’s New Jewel – At the Heart of the City
The Simple Life I knew that coming to Russia I would learn a lot. Many of these things are easy to understand as Kazan is a modern city. We have access most everything we need here, from convenience stores on every corner (run and owned by locals) to our Mega Mall that’s 15 minutes away … More The simple “Life in Russia”
Well it’s that time again. “Life in Russia” brought to you by an American Monkey in Kazan will be on vacation for the next several weeks. This last six months has been absolutely wonderful. I never would have thought my blog would touch as many lives as it has. It has been viewed almost 14,000 … More Stay tuned
Life in Switerland My name is Cíntia, I’m a blogger, journalist and social media expert born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. I moved to Geneva, Switzerland, in January 8th, 2013. I’m here to join my husband, who works in the financial sector. As you can imagine, it is a life change for us. Different … More Mirror Reflections – Switzerland & Russia
So if you are looking for a watermelon these are the guys to talk to. Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/picture-of-the-day-sept-20/
Living proof that there are sharks in Russia! Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/picture-of-the-day-7/
The Temple of All Religions near Kazan, Russia. For the first time, Russian sociologists have compiled an atlas of Russia’s religions. Given the current debate on relations between the church, state and society, this atlas offers a timely and valuable look into the nature of Russian worship. Visit: http://www.kirbyholmes.me/2012/09/05/mapping-russias-religious-landscape/ Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/picture-of-the-day-sept-18/
These are a couple of beautiful little wildflowers that I photographed on one of my walks down by the Kazanka River, I went looking on the internet to see if I could identify either of them without much luck. Anyway thought they might brighten up someones day. Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/picture-of-the-day-sept-9/
Get ready because I have several guest writers ready to share their thoughts about other cultures One is coming from my favorite city. Seattle, Washington. So be paying close attention. Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/picture-of-the-day-sept-9/
One of the most loved poets of Kazan is Gabdulla Tukay, anyone who appreciates Art and who loves Poetry should know his name and his work. His work is not only appreciated in Russia but in the world a large. When one thinks of this great poet they also know his other work, like a … More Famous Poets of Kazan – Part III
At the close of summer I thought it would be nice to brighten it up with this beautiful little butterfly. Related articles Famous Poets of Kazan – Part I (hague6185.wordpress.com)
In every city across the world I think this kind of graffiti can be found. One interesting thing the city has done here is commissioning this type of art. Obviously these aren’t it. But I hope to show you more in the future.
AUTUMN When I heard of your approaching, I the roadway at morning sought, With the first frost the rooftops coating, And the valley in silver wrought. Down their verdant headgear throwing, The birch trees mutely grieve, And the roadway where you’re going Cover with yellow leaves. A poem by: Musa Jalil Source: http://jalil.mirgt.com/ Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/kazan-poets-part-ii/
Life in Bangladesh My family have loved Bangladesh for over 6 years now. We first came to know of it when we became friends with a family who had been living here for well over 15 years at the time. They worked at an NGO project called LAMB which primarily gives health and medical … More Mirror Reflections – Bangladesh & Russia
Kazan has many buildings throughout the city like this. This particular building was built in the 1800’s and is less than a block away from Musa Jalil’s Flat. The attention to detail is marvelous. Also Visit: https://hague6185.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/kazan-poets-part-ii/
One of the things about Kazan that I’ve found very different from other cities I’ve been to is their love of arches, curves, and anything that involves a circle. Corners of building will be rounded, domes on churches, entire structures will be round. I think it’s what makes Kazan so unique. I will attempt to … More Picture of the Day – Sept. 4
Aerial view of Kazan I’d love to say this is my photograph but it isn’t. The reason this is my picture of the day is so those who are not from Russia, have an idea of how big the city is. I’ve also posted an aerial view of the Kazan Kremlin which sits on the … More Picture of the Day – Sept. 2
Alexander Pushkin is one of many poets who has either lived or visited Kazan, but he is probably one of the most well know Russian poets throughout the world. 2013 marks the anniversary of 180 years from when he visited Kazan. He visited in September of 1833 to work on his novel about the events … More Famous Poets of Kazan – Part I
So is it coming or going?
Boating seems to be a fun summertime event here in Kazan, doesn’t matter if it’s on a lake or river just a great place to spend time with friends.
This spot on the Kazanka river is probably 4 blocks away from our flat. I’ve been down here at sunset and it’s even more beautiful then this. The reeds you are seeing lie in the middle of this river. The river itself is full of fish, ducks, frogs, and other wildlife. The Kazanka joins the … More Picture of the Day – Aug. 27
My wife’s favorite picture, this is a little back alley downtown Kazan.