Volgograd, Russia. 1


Like every other “kid”, I was super excited when I found out that I was going to university abroad. But to be honest, once I landed in Russia…okay, not immediately, but like a day later, I wanted to go back home already. The country was “alien” to me. I didn’t know anybody who lived here, didn’t know the language…my excitement went downhill.

To cut the story short, If given another chance today, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s the best decision I ever made. Yes, it took me a while to appreciate the “foreign land”, but boy have I grown. Mentally, emotionally, physically.

I’ll save more stories about my experiences for another post.

Sometime last year, I decided to take a walk with a couple of friends to the most popular, historic grounds in Volgograd (this is where I study btw).

Mamayev Kurgan, situated on the highest hill in the city, is a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942-February 1943), which was one of the bloodiest Second World War battles (The Soviet Union vs Germany). The two armies fought for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) and the battle ended with hard-fought Soviet victory. The USSR lost almost half a million lives in the battle.20140516_192034

The complex was constructed between 1959 and 1967 and is crowned by a huge statue of a woman (sword in one hand and the other hand stretched out) on top of the hill.20140516_195622

The monument has the full name ” The Motherland Calls”.20140516_202046

On the walls below are the names of the Soviet soldiers who lost their lives during the battle.20140516_195915

There is also an All Saints church in the complex.20140516_203015

The 82m concrete sculpture, the tallest of a woman in the world.20140516_202511

It’s remarkable how well maintained it is. The monument is usually guarded and there’s a change of guards every few times a day.20140516_195454

This is by far the most beautiful place in Volgograd, Russia.ZMHmCoVZ7DU

I’ve never been much into history and all, but when I took some time to read about the monument, it sparked some kind of curiosity in me and I found myself eager to know more and more about everything else around me. It may be just a back yard to me, but then again…every other tourist destination is always someone else’s back yard. It’s way more interesting to fully explore what’s around you first, so that when you finally get around to taking that expensive trip miles and miles away, you’ll have something to compare it with. 🙂

Always be kind.



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