NIZHNY NOVGOROD: Sergei was wearing a camouflage shirt, leather coat and punk-style braclets on his wrists. In his right hand he held a single rose. He was standing next to the rail station and said he had come from Derzhinsk, 40 km west. I asked why he had a flower. "I want to give it to my girlfriend. She has an important university entrance exam today." Sergei said they met four years ago. She will attend university in Nizhny while he finishes school in Derzhinsk. He said it won't impact their relationship. They like to spend their time checking out abandoned buildings. Their best finds are a gas mask probably dating to the 1950s and a 1887 kopeek coin. I asked Sergei about his future plans. I asked Sergei what he would like to do when he gets old. He said he wants to go into politics. To see some photos of Nizhny Novgorod, please click here.