Екатеринбург / Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is an important industrial and cultural centre of Russia. It is the 4-th largest city in Russia after Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Novosibirsk. It was founded in 1723 by Peter the Great as the metallurgical factory and by the 20-th century it has become one of the largest and most important financial, industrial and cultural centres of Russia. The city is often said to be situated on the border of Europe and Asia (on the Asian side) and three symbolic monuments can be found near the city.
When I went there in 2008, the central part of the city had problems coping with traffic jams and it was not so easy for me to get to the hotel by bus from the railway station as I went to Yekaterinburg by train. It took me 2 days and a half to get to this city from Saratov. There is another time zone that is different from what we have in Saratov: it was 2 o`clock by my watch but in fact it was already 4 o`clock. While going to the hotel «Malachite 2000», that is situated at number 80 Kuibysheva Street, I could see the sights of the city through the window of the bus: the Church on the Blood, Urals State University and Opera and Ballet Theatres.
During recent years many new cafes and restaurants were opened, providing all kinds of cuisine. There are friendly bars in the city as the English, Scottish and Irish pubs, «Old Dublin» is in the centre of the city. There are various language centres as «Future First», «Denis School», «Language Link» and others. There are different hotels where you can stay for some days from the medium-priced to expensive ones. When I went there at the end of April it was rather cold there and I could not go for a long walk but still I had enough time to enjoy the city and to visit the university where I was invited to the summing-up ceremony of the translation competition. So I had a great opportunity to go to Yekaterinburg thanks to my university and to get acquainted with the city that I have never been before in my life.