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Samara is the major industrial city on the Volga River with Stalinist architecture but also with nice sandy beaches reminding you a sea bank, also the waves make that feeling ! wonderful swimming ! The river is broad and wide, Russian Mississippi, they called it, hehe.
The city has its charm and lively cultural life. However we were spending the evenings at discos, sitting out drinking beer and watching the fishermen. Russian beer is not bad ! A city guide told us that Samara is often called "Russian Chicago" because both towns have similar climate, topography and branches of industry. But you would not feel in America, I tell you, you would feel better :) But for some reason the Russians were comparing everything with America. Probably it reflects the end of communism, when they just turned towards another mad philosophy. It was almost funny, that the pretty Russian women dress-up for all occasions, showing themselves on streets and sidewalks in high heels, while the men were wearing track suit or overalls and a bottle of beer or vodka in a pocket.
Btw, the city used to be called Kuibischev, in case you hear it.
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you will not regret if you bring some protective equipment, while it is not commonplace to use it when doing risky work... more travel advice
If you have a bad day, better do not walk barefoot on the beach. It is a sad thing, that the locals leave broken glass... more travel advice
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