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Summer over

first-snowIt was Fall equinox yesterday or today, first real ground frost this morning, and snow (or hoarfrost) seen up in the hills. From now on it is going to deteriorate pretty quick into a miserable arctic winter and polar night.

I’ll gladly consider assignments involving travel any place “south” from here. And even St. Peters or Moscow is “south”..

“A trip to Kolvitsa” book is in the process

Memorial stone, Lolvitsa. A photo by Gennady Alexandrov.

A stone that commemorates 120 years of Kolvitsa. Photo by Gennady Alexandrov.

“A trip to Kolvitsa” is the name of the book currently “in the process”. This project won the First All-Russian competition “Cultural mosaic of small towns and villages” (The Timchenko Fund). The project is performed by youth movement “EcoDozor” (EcoWatch) of the Kola Ecological Center jointly with youth center “Harmonia” of the City of Kandalaksha. Immediately involved are Ludmila and Gennady Alexandrov, and Alexandra Goryashko. Artist Valentin Myzdrikov is working on the book’s cover.

Kolvitsa, one of several villages along the Kandalaksha cost of the White Sea, has a rich and unique history. Unlike other, Pomor, villages, Kolvitsa was founded by migrants from Karelia, and thus maintained, for many years, its cultural and linguistic uniqueness.

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Climbed the Volostnaya Hill over Kandalaksha

Volostnaya (or Volosyanaya) hill is the nearest one to Kandalaksha, from where the entire city can be seen. Today I went or, rather, was dragged there by Alexandra so that I lose some fat and acquire first-hand knowledge of one of the local attractions.

Here is the famous view onto the city:

volostnaya_kandalaksaAnd here are some photos of the hill and what can be seen from atop >>