Traveling in Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world by a fair margin. It spans two continents, eight time zones, and 194 distinct ethnic groups. There is not real way to understand the true expanse of Russia without journeying to the East. I am fortunate enough to have made the eastward trek twice, and I consider it an absolute must for engine studying Russian.

With RLASP, everyone goes on a week-long trip within Russia called the Regional Field Study, or RFS. This fall, we took the train to the industrial city of Perm, then returned West via river cruise through the cities of Chaykovsky, Yelabuga, Kazan, and Nizhny Novgorod. In addition to the incredible scenery along the way, each of the cities in which we stopped had its own unique character. As much as I love St. Petersburg and Moscow, seeing the lesser-known cities of Russia is in a way even more important for developing an understanding of the country and the people who live here.

Below are just a few of the many, many pictures I took on our Regional Field Study. All of us had an incredible time, and I hope these few snapshots give you an insight as to why!

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This is a photo of the sunset over the river Kama, on which we traveled for several days, taken from the desk of our boat.
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The picture was taken in Tchaikovsky’s childhood home. The lake in the background is rumored to have been the inspiration for his famous ballet, Swan Lake! See if you can spot the statue of the composer himself in the background.
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This is the Kul Sharif Mosque, in the city of Kazan. Kazan is one of the most diverse cities in Russia, and has a large Sunni Muslim population. It is the capital of Tartarstan. Our short time there was mostly spent in the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in which this mosque is located, along with other buildings of historical significance.
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The picture above is my favorite of the RFS. Here, a group of friends and I stand on a hill in Yelabuga, near the site of a 10th century watchtower of the Volga-Bulgarians. Note the absolutely stunning landscape!

By: Isabella Chaney

Program: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies

Term: Fall 2017

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