Dear S Friend,

Welcome to Kazan!

Yes, there is an expat community here--two, actually. The first is a very informal network of students who study at KGU and other universities. The second is a network of professionals--mainly hoteliers, chefs, and English teachers.

I'd be happy to introduce you to either group. I've been living here for two years and am the Deputy Edtior of The Kazan Herald, a small English-language newspaper.

Let's grab a coffee sometime soon.