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.

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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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Black, white, and pink

Somewhat belated Season’s greetings!

After a long grey fall, the real winter has set in, with short days and lots of fluffy snow. As to the color scheme, it has been reduced to just three: black, white and, in the brief hour or less the sun is up, pink.

 

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Some photos from the end of September trip to Kandalaksha by two American gents

These well capture the spirit of the place in late September. So I’m sharing almost the entire set..

At the Nature Reserve museum

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The Officers House is being exploded at the moment

That’s the final end of Kandalaksha’s most spectacular ruin. The people appear to be having fun observing the process. The massive columns at the front are to be brought down today..

 

See also the Announcement of the upcoming demolition and the Big report, with lots of photos, of our visit to the Officers House.

Kolvitsa Lake boulders

Something different and drastic must have been happening here epochs ago because large stones along the southern edge of Kolvitsa Lake don’t look like boulders elsewhere, and their arrangement in a long row along the water is beyond me to take a wild guess as to why. Below are some photos from our yesterday’s walk among the rocks by the lake in the late fall mist.

 

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