Four-named city’s face reflects struggles of past hurt both country and mine
On our train journey with Paulo Coelho, we’re stopping off at the city of Kirov, also called at various times, Vyatka, Khlynov, and Hılın (when managed by the Khanate of Kazan). I’m trying to approach this from how I imagine Coelho, or some other native aware of the history of the country, might.
Kirov is a place that has had its share of struggles. The river port went bankrupt in the ’90’s, causing the riverboats to be sold to other areas. The airport also closed for several years during that same time period. I don’t believe these hardships were solely the province of Kirov, but a reflection of the general state as the Soviet Union broke up and Russia created a new identity for itself (if I’m incorrect, feel free to correct me in the comments).
I’m tried to mirror the struggles of Kirov, and Russia in general, to the struggle that prompts Coelho to chronicle his journey. Whether it works or not is for you to decide.
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