My grandfather had a very tough and interesting life. He was born in one city, some years later went to school in another city, and finally lived and worked in a third city. He was lucky though to die in exactly the same city he was born in. Just before he died, he told me his only regret was that he wished he had travelled more. Especially, he would have liked to see more than one city in his life.

So, what color was the bear?

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    White. It's a polar bear. – Raystafarian Sep 18 '15 at 16:14
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    possible duplicate of What color was the bear – kanchirk Sep 18 '15 at 16:17
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    It's clearly not a duplicate of that question, but it's not at all clear in what spirit the question is posed. – dennisdeems Sep 18 '15 at 16:19
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    Except for the last word, it has nothing to do with bears of any variety. – dennisdeems Sep 18 '15 at 16:25
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    Or dropping the non-sequitir about a bear, and just making the puzzle about the city. – dennisdeems Sep 18 '15 at 16:35
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The color of the bear is brown.

It is a Russian bear.
Your grandfather was born in St. Petersburg, went to school in Petrograd, worked in Leningrad, and died in St. Petersburg.

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    Other candidates for the place of birth include Khashuri and Senaki (both in Georgia); Karakol in Kyrgyzstan; Hîncești in Moldova; Alchevsk in Ukraine. Some of these require slightly looser interpretation of the question than others. There are even more candidates if we assume unrealistic longevity. – Peter Taylor Sep 19 '15 at 7:39
  • About Kashuri: wikipedia tells me that Kashuri became a city in 1921, and was named Stalinisi from 1928 to 1934. Was there indeed another renaming? – Gamow Sep 19 '15 at 12:00
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    Yes, to Mikhailovo in 1872. I didn't focus much on town/city distinctions because they don't necessarily translate well across languages and administrative cultures. – Peter Taylor Sep 19 '15 at 12:11
  • How did you find out about the cities? – manshu Mar 13 '16 at 16:49

Partial answer:

I think your grandfather lived in Saint Petersburg. It was named Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991. I assume bears near Saint Petersburg are brown, but the reference to the story is not clear to me yet.

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