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I’m ready for a new challenge

For the last few months, in addition to translating Alexandra’s book on the eiders (the end of the project is now in sight sometime in 2019) and teaching English (mostly to local kids), I’ve been looking where a motor yacht could fill up with quality diesel fuel between St. Petersburg and Murmansk. Now, with the yacht project over, 1/3 of my time and energy is freed up, and am ready to apply it to the benefit humanity and to help in paying our bills.

Examples of jobs done in the last three or four years, since our move to the Kola Peninsula: more >>

First mosquitoes sighted, and the ants are up too

Snow is still all around but yesterday I saw two mosquitoes that were too small and quick to be photographed, and an anthill teeming with activity, which Alexandra captured with her camera. “Real” spring is close!

 

The Kandalaksha Bay Cup sailing regatta starts June 27 2019

The event, based in Kandalaksha, is organized by the Chupa Yacht Club. It starts on June 27 and ends on July 7 2019.

Those wishing to participate need to contact the Chupa Yacht Club now.

The regatta will probably be based on the Kandalaksha Yacht Club, and it can be observed from the Monastery Cape just east of the town.

Spring is here, and the road to Teriberka is said to be open

A couple of days ago I heard a report that the Murmansk to Teriberka road is open to the joy of crowds of Chinese travellers for whom this, apparently, is a popular destination.

Now, the beginning of April, may actually be the best time to visit these places. There is still snow and you can enjoy winter thrills like skiing and snowmobiling but it is not that cold (around freezing in the daytime) and the daylight lasts from 7am until after 8pm. Truly, the best of all worlds.

A collection of the Kandalaksha Monastery documents was published recently

The Murmansk Arctic State University has just published “Listing books of the Kandalaksha Immaculate Monastery and the Church of John the Baptist” from the 18th century. The collection contains key documents telling of economic and cultural life of the village of Kandalaksha in the 18th century.

The book will be of interest to local history experts.

Printed in Moscow by Aliance-Archeo.

Probably can be bought at the St. John the Baptist Church in the east end of Kandalaksha.

The eider book announcement

It is a pleasure for me to announce that my mate Alexandra’s mega-project of the last four or five years, the book on the relationship between the Common eider and Man, has its end in sight. My role was that of a translator and occasionally a lightning rod for the outbursts of the author’s anger at the world dearing to interfere with the process.

Below is a letter from Alexandra to all those interested in acquiring the book or perhaps helping financially in its printing.

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A Metro article about Valentin Zhiganov, a photographer specialising in Aurora Borealis

On several occasions in the past I mentioned Valentin Zhiganov from Apatity, Murmansk Region, who takes outstanding photos of Aurora Borealis. Very recently my mate Alexandra called my attention to a Metro article with his recent photos of very rare vertical Aurora Borealis. Enjoy!

Kandalaksha Aluminum Smelter

Stumbled into this aerial view onto the smelter, one of the three (along with the railroad and the sea port) economic hubs of the city. Sharing it with those who ask what makes Kandalaksha tick.

From today’s crawler race..

A race of these simplistic devices took place in Kandalaksha today. And I’ve even attended the competition as a spectator. 

A cute dog on the race track

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