So how is Kaliningrad when there are no matches on?
Like a normal city? Or a city holding its breath waiting for the next influx of foreign nationals who could kick off at any moment?
There are photographic exhibitions about football. This is Valentina from Moscow, looking at a book that accompanies an exhibition abouy grass roots football in Russia.
Match timetables are available in a variety of place. This is a bar advertising that they are showing every game.
Well they do say that you if you are a Manchester United fan you have probably never been to Manchester!
The usual street life of Kalingrad – everyone going about their daily business, and getting to and from work as normal.
The local takeaway
Fruit and Veg stall
A mother and daughter from Uzbekistan in their clothes store.
The local fish stall
Alexi, a martial arts practitioner, with his 3 yr old Chiwawa ‘ Chesma‘ outside the jewellery shop run by his wife.
But no matter what else is going on “I’m still going fishing”… apparently Vladimir caught 10 during this trip to the local park.
Smoking is not prohibited here, so Helena from Riga, Latvia, lights up outside a popular cafe in downtown Kaliningrad. Not something you see everyday in the UK.
You could have a go on a pedalo.
Spot the local sites. Can you tell what it is?
Have a beer served by Julia at local cafe where matches are shown live.
Or take in some local Football street art.
Kaliningrad is a Russian resort town and has some fantastic beaches which the locals use for their daily dip in the Baltic Sea.
Obviously the tournament is ongoing and the local fan zone is busy during match time. For the last Russian match they had to turn away spectators from the Kaliningrad fan zone because it was full.
Next day I am heading out for a walk and I notice the Swiss team gathering in the lobby of my hotel. Like clockwork they left the hotel for a walk at 11:00 and returned back at 12:00 sharp.
It seems that even when there is no actual football in town, football is still in town!
We have 1 match left to go in Kaliningrad and that is the big one with England vs Belgium. Both teams are through whether they win or lose, but there is still the little matter to decide who finishes top in the group and who they play in the next round. It is all still to play for!
Missed Part 1? You can read it here: Peter Robinson goes to the World Cup
Missed Part 2? You can read it here: Peter Robinson’s World Cup blog – 2
All images Peter Robinson and these have been shot on LUMIX