I am on my way to the Black Sea. I have had enough of the cities and I am heading to Anapa for 3-4 days to decompress. It is a small Black Sea resort where you can rent a room or appartment from the locals. There is also a sanitorium with full board for about 1200 R/day according to theguide book(around $45 CDN)... but they have been a little off before => The big advantage is I could eat with alot less worries and have a relaxing time.
I went to the train station to book a ticket. I had missed the morning train to Anapa and had to book ticket to Krasnodar instead. Booking the train ticket to Krasnodar took about 15 min. The lady was delighted that I could not speak Russian... she kept speaking louder and faster! Hmmm, isn't that normally the American way?
I will arrive in Krasnodar at 12:00. If there are no trains to Anapa, then I will go to Sochi, a big family oriented Black Sea Resort.
Volgograd is very pleasant place. I have had the first nice weather (no jacket required) here... barring the last two days in St-Pete's which didn't require 2 jackets.
Happiness and Joy!