So I have 2 more weeks left of break before my exam on the 15th of June. It was such a last minute planning to go on this trip. I wasn't the one planning the trip, I just jumped along. ;-p
2nd June 2012
So on the 2nd of June at 10:27PM, we embarked on our trip. Since we bought the train ticket last minute, we had to endure 12 hour journey in the sitting wagon. The wagon with beds are all sold out. T_T
After the 12 hours enduring back pain in the train, we finally arrived in Kazan!!!
3rd June 2012
We were a bit lost when we got out onto the street. Couldn't really believe the map that said our hostel is just 5 minutes walk from the train station. So we decided to just take the bus. Random bus because we couldn't find bus number 91. Luckily, the bus conductor was so nice, she told us they already passed the street, but since we're already on the bus, so told us where to get off and gives us direction to the hostel.
From 5 minutes walk to 1 minute of bus ride and 15 minutes of walking because of the bus ride, since we had to go a whole round.
We stayed at Oranjin hostel. The hostel is new, and I mean VERY NEW. The place isn't fully furnished and it was very dusty. And I feel like the bathroom is made out of cardboard pieces! There wasn't even a sign outside the hostel. But as long as everything was working properly, no complain here. ;P
We booked a 10 beds room, but somehow the room wasn't prepared yet, so they gave us 6 beds room with an extra bed. Kind of funny though. After we had settled down, we decided to rest first. Had our bath, and I took a nap.
At around 3 PM, we decided to tour the city. The city is so small, it reminds me of Kuantan. Our hostel was just 5-10 minutes walk to the Kremlin. We just pass by the Kremlin, because all of us were hungry, so we decided to grab something to eat first. We walked through Kazan's Arbat as I like to call it, which is actually Baumana Street (The street looks exactly like Old Arbat Street in Moscow) in search for a place to eat. We walked around and decided to eat at a restaurant called Pronto. It's an Italian restaurant. We, being girls absolutely loved the interior of the restaurant.
Entrance to Kremlevskaya Metro Station
Another entrance to Metro Kremlevskaya but this one is closed.
While waiting for our orders at Pronto Restaurant.
The famous Kazan Cat at Baumana Street
Epiphany Church. One of the landmark of Baumana Street.
The statue of Musa Dzhalil, Tatar poet executed by the Nazis
Part of Surah Yasin written on the wall.
The Mosque looks magnificent with the sunset in the background.
We went back out later at 11PM because we wanted to see the mosque at night. Some of them decided to go buy dinner instead, so only me, Diana and Hazirah went to see the mosque.
Came back, ate pizza, and went to bed.
4th June 2012
I woke up 2nd last today. Had our bath, had a little bit of breakfast, checked out from the hostel, and roam around the city again.
We didn't really do much in Kazan. Basically the same thing as yesterday.
We went to the Kazan Kremlin first, since yesterday we didn't get to go into the QolSharif Mosque. The main reason we wanted to enter the QolSharif Mosque beside it's amazing architecture was to see the 2nd largest Quran exhibited in the QolSharif Mosque Islamic Museum. The entrance fee was free for students. Not sure if it's free for international students though (students that don't study in Russia). But unfortunately for us, the Quran had been moved to another place just a week ago. So sad. :'( Nonetheless, we didn't feel too regretful, since the entrance fee was FREE. So, we just walked around the museum, looking at Islamic history and.. stuffs. ;p
In front of the entrance of the mosque.
The 2nd largest Quran was replaced with this little one. You can google "2nd largest Quran in Kazan" if you want to see how big the Quran is.
Entrance to Museum
At the balcony
Ajie interviewing them or they're interviewing Ajie? hehe..
Us with the bikers
The Soyembika Tower
Againts the wall of Kazan Kremlin
Where we had lunch.
Cool clock with some arabic writings written as it's hours situated at the end of Baumana Street. Not sure what is it's significant.
Matroshka pakai songkok! =D
Me and Ajie in front of the hostel entrance. You wouldn't have known there was a hostel in there. Seriously.
So we boarded our train at 10:35PM. Another 12 hours to endure in the train.
The night was freezing!!! Plus the conductor was freaking pissing me off!!! Don't let me tell you the story. I just can't bear Russians sometimes! grrrr.... But I did sleep most of the time because I was just too tired. And I didn't regret spending a great time with my friends... =)
5th June 2012
Arrived in Moscow safely and a little bit pissed. haha.. =P