After a 16 hour train ride down the Volga river (and thankfully more sleep than the first ride), I've arrived in 1970s Soviet Union (aka Samara). However, I don't say this disparagingly, because as someone who studied history, this was so interesting. Unlike Kazan, Samara was almost entirely residential and industrial, pretty much without any cafe's, supermarkets or downtown area. So for me, being my usual odd self, spent the first day and a half wandering down random neighborhoods, taking pictures and trying out the new camera. Plus this was the first location in Russia where I've ever found a beach with sand. Anyway, here's what I've got so far and soon I'll add a story it.