Argophilia has always been about discovery, and for imparting news about the people and places of Eastern Europe westerners probably only imagined. Nothing gives us more pleasure than sharing wonderful discoveries, and in keeping with this I’d like to present one of my own. Yoshkar-Ola is an obscure (in English langauge) Russian city of incomparable beauty. This town of a quarter of a million souls is yet another hidden gem of culture, beauty, and fascinating citizens.
Weather forecasters have promised the people of Vladivostok a beautiful, warm Spring. News today shows their predictions were correct, as balmy winds brush the faces of residents and visitors standing in full sun for the first time in months. Winter jackets have disappeared, and the parks are once again full of cyclists, tourists, and children playing.