Our First Day in Dagestan

Our First Day in Dagestan

Why not get a little out of the Russian clichés and see a very different region of this continental country? Paulo and I chose the Dagestan region as the first to leave the traditional! This area, in the North Caucasus, is the most ethnically heterogeneous in the country, in addition to being one of the most populous (with almost 3 million inhabitants). It is practically a separate country and, in fact, Dagestan was once an independent emirate in the last century.
As you may imagine, this is a very different region from the cosmopolitan cities we visited in Russia, such as St. Petersburg and Moscow. One of the biggest peculiarities there is the cultural difference (there are more than 30 ethnic groups living together) and the number of Muslims in the area. It is no accident that the Islamic state, unfortunately, also has a certain influence in this region.
Our First Day in Dagestan
Our first day there was very intense. We arrived early, left the bags at the hotel and went to a wedding – yes, we entered the party! That was one of the most unique experiences we had on the trip, after all, it is not always that we can accompany an Islamic celebration in Russia, is it? In addition to a lot of good food and dancing, we even made a speech!
After the party, we passed a more modern and delicious outdoor bar. Our first impression in Dagestan was the excitement of the residents and, of course, a lot of music and dances – which, as many of you know, is not my strong point, haha ​​😉
Our First Day in Dagestan
From there, we went to follow an MMA training. Yes, Dagestan is home to the largest number of fighters in Russia and we would obviously not miss the opportunity to see it up close. This is where the Russian National Olympic Wrestling Center is located and, for that reason, the biggest names of the most diverse fights are there!
The training is really quite intense and Paulo even tried some movements – and when I say he tried, I’m being very generous, haha! It was really fun and impressive to watch it closely.
Our First Day in Dagestan
We ended the day at Tamally Maak, a very curious and, again, surprising restaurant. You enter through a small door, on several flights of stairs and you are faced with a very colorful space, with low lights, loud music, dancing odalisks and inviting some customers to participate – as was the case of Paulo who had no idea of what to do!
Although the food is not extraordinary, it is worth trying the Khinkali which is a super typical dish from the region that was very tasty. It is a dough usually served with tomato sauce and a lot of onion!
Whew, there were really a lot of emotions for one day! More vlogs are coming out of Dagestan, but for now you can watch the first one that is already on the channel:

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