The city of Volgograd is about 600 miles south of Moscow. It borders the large
Volga River for more than a mile. There are about a million people living there.
It is a very vibrant community; there are sidewalk cafes, malls, multi-plex theaters and about ten McDonalds.
It is quite common to see construction cranes and new buildings under construction.
There are many parks in the city and many people that enjoy the parks.
While there are poor people (as found everywhere),
there appears to be a comfortable level of disposable income (spending money).
Several times during the year, such as the Victory Day holiday, the city's name officially returns to Stalingrad.
This is the original poster art for my book. I always kind of liked it.
This famous sculture of children dancing around a playful alligator (a Russian fairy tale)
survived the Battle of Stalingrad. However, there was so much reconstruction of the bombed and burned out city that
it got in the way, so it was dismantled.
But, a Russian motorcycle club, the 'Night Wolves', proposed that the sculpture and fountain be rebuilt.
On August 23rd, 2013, President Vladimir Putin officially opened the new sculpture.
An unfortunate note, in December of that year, a terrorist bomb exploded here, killing 18 people and
injuring many more.