…Russia keeps surprising us! Fair enough, it’s a bit easy to be surprised if you’ve only been in the country for 8 days.
But still, as I (Lisa) left with some hesitations, I didn’t really know what to expect. So, if you believe the rumours you hear before departing, it’s really easy to think that it was not the best idea to go to Russia.
But all in all, up till now, there hasn’t really been anything we disliked. Moscow, as a city, can be described as a big and buzzing place that’s modern, colourful and charming. Moscovites love their music, strong coffee and good food. So do we :-). Even though we must admit there were some hiccups while travelling, there’s nothing that can’t be solved with patience, creativity and a sense of humour. Especially when you are buying train and bus tickets and both you and the salesman have no clue what you’re exactly saying.
So after 4 days of Citytrippin’, we decided to go to Suzdal. The travel guides promised us a true gem and they did not disappoint us. It’s a little green village, next to a big river, with just the right amount of churches and kitsch to it. We stayed with a lovely family at their home and discovered the place on their bikes. What more do you need?
Fun fact: at some point in time this little town had a church for every 12 of its inhabitants.
So far, so good, but if there is one thing that’s annoying on this trip, it’s my travelling partner singing this song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvS351QKFV4
over and over again!
Next up are Kazan & Yekaterinburg but more on that later.
xx Lisa & Remo
*literal translation of the Flemish for “when push comes to shove”