The most expensive Olympics in history are well underway in Sochi,
Russia. And it’s warm enough that Sochi could host the Summer Olympics as well!
About 24 hours north of Sochi is a place I’ve called “second home” from
time to time: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The third-largest city in central
Russia, it’s the city where I went to college, met my wife, and became intimately
introduced to Russian culture. Saint Petersburg is easily the most impressive
and beautiful city in Russia, Moscow is easily it’s power-center, but Nizhniy
Novgorod will always feel like Russia to me.
Since my first visit to Nizhniy Novgorod 20 years ago this month, I’ve
returned about half a dozen times. There’s something special about Russia in
the Winter with the picture-postcard scenery all tickled by snow. But it was my
summertime visit to Russia about ten years ago that prompted me to write a
“Vodka in the Sun” was originally published in a British travel
magazine, Travel Insights, which is
no longer published. However, it was reprinted in serial format In Coloquio.
Join me for some vodka in the sun as we visit Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint
Petersburg, Moscow, and a river cruise to such islands as Svirstroi, Kizhi, and
Valaam. The adventure starts at the link below.
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