Sunday, February 21, 2016
We started out our morning going to Добрая Столовая (Dobraya Stolovaya) because honestly it's the cheapest most filling breakfast you will ever have. On our way to the metro we stopped by McDonalds for coffee. One thing I miss about America is American coffee. I miss being able to drink coffee with cream without having to get an Americano, cappuccino, or whatever! Nowhere in Europe is there just plan coffee from a coffeemaker. Okay, rant over. We don't have a metro in Ufa, so A took full advantage of taking the metro in Kazan. So much so that we only rode it one stop.
We decided to walk around and find the Lenin Statues because it's my goal while in Russia to take pictures with as many as possible. We took the metro to тукая площадь (Tukaya Square) and walked around Кольцо, торговый центр (Ring Shopping Center - named for the giant ring coming out of it). We thought a Lenin statue might be near the center so we walked around a bit, but it ended up being a statue of some other guy. There are so many statues in Russia it's hard to keep track of who is who. Even though we didn't see the Lenin statue we had a pretty great view of the beginning of Bauman street.
что делать? (What to do?) to get some warm drinks. Honestly, I wasn't really impressed with our drinks but the interior looked really cool. I would probably go back though to try the food.
Puppet Theater. We didn't go inside, but the outside was so cool to look at. It reminded me so much of Disney World. Every city in Russia (at least the ones I've been to) have these ice towns where everything is made out of ice. Children are always going down the ice ramps. There are ice sculptures, benches, and even an ice cafe! How cool is that?! One thing I love about Russia is that they know how to take full advantage of winter.
ПанКот (Mr. Cat). It's definitely a restaurant for children but the interior was like a fairy tale. The pillars were made to look like skyscrapers and they had shadows of cats and people in the windows. The ceiling had hot air balloon lights. It was so amazing. It's like my dream nursery if I ever have children. The food was kind of expensive, but the portions were huge! It reminded me of American portion sizes and everything we ate and drank was excellent. Afterwards, we decided to go back to the hotel and hang out since A needed to work and we had been out and about all day.