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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 >>
At the moment I’m working, with progressing desperation, on finding a ride for a fellow who needs to get from Salla to Kandalaksha on Monday, July 16. Here are some notes on my progress, shared in hope they may be useful to travellers.
It turns out that most passenger vans make their runs towards the weekend, leaving Thursdays or Fridays, and the traffic is generally down in the summer. Last time I undertook a search like that on March 2 2018. Here is some additional information:
Cheap: 220 th. roubles (~$3500).
But requires a full renovation job.
Sold by a good friend of mine, the knife and sleigh maker Vasily Ivanovich.
This offer may be of interest to those wishing to establish a foothold in Russia.
Photos will be added soon.
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One of the cutest local events, so-called “FreeMarket”, where people can leave unwanted things and pick up those they want absolutely free is happening on July 8 in the very center of the city, by the statue of the seal in front of the main library.
A good place to “meet the city” for anyone interested in the collective face of Kandalaksha.
This is one of the most popular and spectacular local events, organized by the Chupa Yacht Club, with the participation of yachtsmen from Karelia, Arkhangelsk, and of course the Murmansk region and Kandalaksha itself.
Location: Monastery Cape, just east of the city. The event begins July 1 at noon.
DublDom was created and installed as a gift for the town of Kandalaksha and for Alexander Trunkovkiy that have won the competition “Find your place 2016” (http://dubldom-place.com/). The contestants had to show photos of their place and tell why DublDom should be installed there. The winner was chosen following the next criteria: future function of the house, social importance and life perception of the participant. We had more than 500 applications and we’ve chosen Alexander Trunkovkiy that has suggested to install DublDom at the hillock Volosyanaya near Kandalaksha and use it as a shelter for tourists and lovers of the active leisure.
Here is a comprehensive yet of manageable size, profound yet easy to read article by Martin Levine, former Foreign Service Officer, explaining why Russia is what it is with all her peculiarities, which are likely to make our lives more difficult than they have to be for a long time to come. I stumbled onto it on Quora.com
I have spent a few months in Russia so I maybe understand their attitude a little bit.
The Russians have a set of issues that make it difficult for them to relate to the rest of the world, not just the USA.
A Profound Sense of Loss
The Russians are sort of like the British. They had an Empire and they lost it. Some parts of the Soviet Union were kept there by force, an internal empire. The Uzbeks, the Ukrainians, the Kazakhs, might have preferred to do their own thing. Then of course there were the “satellite “ countries of Eastern Europe. And, the Russians had outposts in Cuba, Vietnam, Angola and elsewhere.