Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House | Volgograd

Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd

Same Volgograd being the third city we visited on the trip, it was still a surprise after another. The first one was the surreal landscape of Lake El’ton that we showed on the last vlog.
Of course, after visiting a more remote place like this, we wanted to enjoy the next day in a more peaceful way. The tour started with a walk close to the hotel, but our first stop was a historic and impressive monument: the Mother Mother Statue.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
Volgograd, between 1925 and 1961, was called Stalingrad and that name must be reminding you of some history class. Yes, it was exactly in this city where one of the bloodiest battles in all of history took place that totaled more than 2 million dead, the Battle of Stalingrad. The 85-meter statue was the largest in the world when it was built in 1967 and represents the Goddess of Victory.
All around the main statue is impressive, after all, there are many other statues of soldiers and even panels that show the intensity of the war. In fact, this battle alone lasted 200 days and this is also represented in the number of steps in the place. Everything here has a reason and is really remarkable.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
From there we went to find the Marinka Vlasova who, oddly enough, is a Russian woman who learned Portuguese and fell in love with Brazil watching soap operas when she was younger. She is fluent, teaches Portuguese for beginners and we follow her a little bit. She’s super-sympathetic, one of those teachers that I would love to have a class with.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
From there, we went to see the largest statue dedicated to Lenin – and look, there are many! Only the pedestal is 30 meters long and the statue itself is 27. This is the tallest monument made to a real person and is on the edge of a beautiful canal, with a park in the background.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
We still went to Lazurenko Family Datcha. Datchas are Russian country houses where residents of more metropolitan regions spend their weekends and especially holidays.
It was one of the best experiences of the trip – whoever accompanies us knows that we love to understand a little more about the culture of each place we visit and this opportunity to join a “family” is very incredible.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
Not to mention the family’s friendliness! Elena was a great company and showed us every corner of the house!
The best part, as you might imagine, was the food. I was taught by myself Babushka (grandmother in Russian) doing a Purchase (that delicious crepe we ate at the beginning of the trip) with cream – the sour cream of the gods.
Knowing a Datcha: The Russian Country House |  Volgograd
Of course, you can check out our full experience of this intense day on vlog 😉

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