Our placement is Stavropol, a regional capital in the North Caucasus. You won't find information on this city in your Lonely Planet guidebook, and its Wikipedia page is pretty skimpy. There is some information on the city's official website and here. Anyway, here are some of the basics.
- Population: 400,000
- Founded in 1777 as a fortress
- Industry: Machinery, food processing, pharmaceuticals, construction materials
- Climate: Short, cold winters and hot summers; little precipitation
Frontline between Stavropol and the North Caucasus
One thing that I really like about Stavropol is how green it is. If you look on Google Maps, you can see how many trees there are. From what I've been able to find, Stavropol has lovely parks, lots of trees, and beautiful flower gardens. There also appear to be lots of small houses. Another draw is that Patrick and I will be able to visit Georgia after our nine-month contract is up. Going through Abkhazia is risky and the Sochi-Batumi ferry is only for CIS citizens, so we'll go Sochi-Trabzon-Batumi.
I've yet to set foot in Russia, but I'm intrigued by Stavropol and excited to arrive in September.