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International Expeditions:
Middle Volga River - 2005

Images of the Middle Volga natural landscapes (from this and other expeditions)
you can find at Natural Landscapes of the World section of our site.


Next, and second in the history of our cooperation expedition of the Montana State University teachers and students to Russia took place in July 2005. Much more experienced than before, our American friends used the possibilities of civilization before we carry off them to "wild Russia".
Dressed in their best suits we visited "Bolshoy Theatre" - one of the famous places among all foreign tourists in Moscow.
Our group at the Bolshoy Theatre entrance
Excursion in the Moscow State University Botanical garden Being a few days in Moscow our friends visited not only cultural and social objects, but also studied local nature and visited our specific "environmental" places of interest. The picture on the left shows the excursion to the Moscow State University Botanical Garden, where our friend Lazareva Nadejda works as a guide.
But finally all of us moved to the "real life".
This time we joined the expedition of Moscow city school travel-club "Zuid-West".
Making 100-miles steps every summer these kids travel along Volga river by boats, investigating local nature, culture and history of local towns and villages.
We overtook them near town of Jiguli, in the "Samarskaya Luka" National Park.
The picture on the right shows all our Russian-American expedition on the bold top of Jiguli mountains, over the vast expanses of the Volga-river.
Russian-American expedition on the bold top of Jiguli Hills
Sergey Aldushkin painting from Volga-2005 expedition "Zuid-West Club" itself is very specific type of institution, it is mostly "type of life". There are around 80 kids in the Club, 11-16 years old. They study ecology, history and "travel-science" during all round the year, and spend the summer in three different expeditions: for beginners, for middle level and for experienced travelers, from two to four weeks each. All these expeditions take place on the Volga - close of far from Moscow, with 20-50 kids in each.
We spent one week with Russian kids on the bank of the Volga-river. We visited local forests and mountains, National park "Samarskaya Luka" and "Jiguli" nature reserve. One day we spent in the Bolshaya Ryazan village, where local people show us Russian native dances and folk songs (picture on the right). Russian native dances
Last-night camp-fire One week on the Volga banks with Russian kids passed quickly...
July 27, as always at this day, "Big Volga" expedition closed by "last-night" camp-fire, where everybody singed songs, acted in the performances, eat and walk around until the morning.
Next day the main part of the expeditions went to the train, to be at home on the next day. At the same time we went to the cruise ship, that brought us to Moscow after 5 days aboard.
This trip was long and full of emotions. We saw how Russian people can spend their free time and at the end of the trip we have a few new friends. To the end of the trip a lot of Russian people on the boat even remembered their English school lessons !
Michael Brody and Russian friends near Volga cruise boat


Images of the Middle Volga natural landscapes (from this and other expeditions)
you can find at Natural Landscapes of the World section of our site.

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