Questions on Russian travel (in particular to the north-west of European part of the country), working, or living are most welcomed. Write to manfriday@yandex.ru, contact me via Skype at Uncle_Pasha_2011, or use chat at the bottom right corner of this page.

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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 >>

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!

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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The source of potable water

Local tap water will not kill you. At least not immediately. And if it does its destructive power will be in its taste rather than chemical content. It is a proven fact that tea and coffee taste better from water obtained from one of several springs around the city. Here is how it is done at the City Park on the left side of the Niva river..

A souvenir that kind of captures the Zeitgeist

“Russia is a country that fears nothing”

V.V. Putin

And I’m afraid this does capture the growing feeling among the populace. The mug was noticed by Alexandra, who has a good eye for crap of this sort, in the local Yablochko (“little apple”) supermarket. The cost, after a discount, was 200 roubles (~$3US).

Crawler mini snowmobile (“motordog”) competition in Kandalaksha on March 3 2019

A competition of these minimalist snow vehicles – poor man’s snowmobiles that can be bought new for an equivalent off just over $1000 – locally called “motosobaki” (“motor dogs”) is taking place on March 3rd 2019 in the “Penki” area of the abandoned military section of Kandalaksha. The event starts at 1 pm.

A cloud of coal dust over the Kandalaksha port

A cloud of what is probably coal dust over the Kandalaksha Sea Port. Then it settles over the village of “Japan” (Old Kandakasha), the beginning of the so-called Eco-trail

The cloud is particularly conspicuous on an otherwise sunny day..

Snow Figures Festival in Kandalaksha

Snow Figures Festival is to take place in Kandalaksha from March 1st to March 3rd. Location: in front of the City Administration building. The Department of Culture is currently accepting applications from those who wish to participate. The winners are to be announced on Sunday, March 10, the end of the Shrovetide week. 

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