The Samara Region
Марчук Ангелина, 9 класс, ГБОУ СОШ №5 «ОЦ»,
My name is Angelina and I’m 15. I haven’t got much spare time because I have a lot of things to do every day. I’m keen on dancing so I go to a dance group called «Kvadro». When I dance I feel energetic and excited. Another thing I’m really interested in is painting. I prefer painting in the fresh air, especially in summer. As I’m fond of it I go to the art school. Moreover, I want to become a famous designer and to earn a lot of money. I think I’m hard-working but sometimes I can be too sentimental. I’m popular with my classmates and I’ve got lots of friends.
The Samara Region is a place where I was born and live. It’s my «Little Home» that I love. Samara is a very beautiful city situated in the Central European part of the country, on the bank of the Volga River. It was founded in 1586 as a fortress on the Eastern border of Russia. Today Samara is a major cultural centre of Russia. Thousands of tourists come to visit it and to get to know its history, traditions and customs. A natural feature and one of the most beautiful sights of the Region is the Volga River. The life of the local people is closely connected with the great river, just as it was many years ago.
One of the most picturesque places on the Volga is the Zhiguli Mountains that sometimes called «a Russian Switzerland».
According to one version, the name Zhiguli was adopted from the Turkic word Jiguli, which meant «barge haulers» for the Oriental merchants in the 13-14th cc. Another ancient name of the Zhiguli Mountains is the Deviyi Gory. The name Zhiguli was acknowledged by Catherine the Second. The Samara Region and The River Volga are full of different legends. There is one that I like most of all. It’s about Molodetsky Kourgan and Deviya Gora. Ivan and Grunya, a rich merchant’s daughter from the village of Ussoliye, fell in love with each other. Grunya’s father was against their marriage. Ivan climbed a high mound, said his last good-byes to Grunya and plunged into the Volga. On seeing her father with solders, Grunya also threw herself off the precipice. Since that time the mound has been called Molodetsky Kourgan while the adjoining small hill is called Deviya Gora.
The Samara Region is the dearest and nearest place for me in the world. Our mountains, forests, plains and valleys make me feel excited and give me loads of positive energy. Wherever I go, I always come back to my «Little Motherland». As the proverb says: «There is no place like home».
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