I visited Samara after 12 years and left with a new impression

This past weekend I visited Samara for the first time in twelve years. In the early spring of 2008, I left Samara unimpressed and excited to start a new adventure in Kazan, a city about 150 miles north along the Volga. This trip to Samara made me realize how little I explored the place back then. Although I lived there for about six months from 2007-2008, I had only visited the city embankment...

This week I will visit Samara for the first time since 2008

This week I will return to the Russian city of Samara first time in 12 years. Samara is a city on the Volga River some five hundred miles southeast of Moscow. It is the first Russian city I called home and I lived there for about six months in 2007-2008. But it wasn’t the first city in Russia I ever visited. My first experience in Russia was actually in Saint Petersburg in the summer of...

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