TULA, TOLSTOY & TREES

Sadly, all things come to an end, and on Friday I am leaving Moscow and returning to London. To make the most of what I have left, my flat mate and I went to Tula on Friday. Tula is a 3h train ride south of Moscow and not a particularly big town with Russian measures, only about 500 000 people live there. It’s called ‘hero town’ because it was quite important during the Second World War.

The train was quite edgy. It was going to a war zone in Eastern Ukraine, and you could feel it. But luckily, we weren’t so we got off at Tula and went to our hotel, checked in, left our bags and walked to a park. We managed to find a weird place where we had some barbecue, beer and got to listen to people singing and dancing to eurotrash.

Didn’t stay too long haha. Instead we found a rooftop bar overlooking the Kreml in Tula, but by that time it was too dark and my phone’s battery was dead so sadly no photos from that.

Saturday morning at 8am we had breakfast. Porridge and blinis. Breakfast for champions. No coffee though!! 8:30 a guy (in a Lada of course) picked us up and drove us to Tolstoy’s estate, Yasnaya Polyana, which was the aim of our journey. It was too beautiful. Really. Amazing. It is where he was born and lived for a long time, and wrote War & Peace and Anna Karenina.

We took the guided tour and went on walking around for five- six hours afterwards. It felt good just to be out on the countryside, in an actual forest. We found a lovely little grove and had a nap. And got massively attacked by mosquitos. Still itching gah. But it was worth it.

Just imagine having all of this right outside your house.

Jeremy found the cutest little new friend. Smallest kitten I’ve ever seen!

It was just amazing. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside his house, but here is what it looks like from the outside.

And then we went back to Tula and got the train back to Moscow. Then I met up with some friends and we went to an Uzbek restaurant and went on celebrating (mourning) my last Saturday in Moscow all night.