Here are some photos from the recent trip to the tundra hills over the village of Kolvitsa, thanks to two Finnish travelers I took there. During a good half a day in the hills we met no one and saw not a single piece of trash. I think I’m starting to understand what draws people up there.
25 years ago there was a coup by communist hardliners aiming to restore the regime. At the time I was far away in Canada, just starting to contemplate my return to Russia, so I could not have actively participated in what was happening. Here in Kandalaksha, the old-timers say, the event went largely unnoticed. Here is a film on what had happened:
It is sad to notice that, in the official media, the anniversary of the failed coup is going largely unnoticed. From what I hear the Moscow city authorities did not allow a rally in memory of August 19-22 1991.
(1) “On Spekova”, tel. +7 911 339 1657, Igor
(2) “By the railroad overpass”, +7 921 167-3723, Ruslan
(3) “Avtodia” on Zavodskoy, +7 921 177 2979 or +7 (81533)93001.
This very recent film is in Russian but conveys beautiful scenery of the city and area. The story is about the Bagryanitsa (“purple robe”) garments shop that specializes in traditional local dresses and hand embroidery. (Attention those looking for non-trivial quality souvenirs!)
What can be of particular interest to you travelers is that the daughter of the shop’s owner will be glad to give you a tour of the facility or of the entire city, absolutely free of charge in exchange for the opportunity to practice her English! Write to Irina, with a copy to me (email@example.com).
Here are a few photos to show you how it happens, with the floating platform being pushed by a motor boat. The cost of this adventure across the river is ~5000 roubles ($70) per crossing. more >>
There are two types of jellyfish living in the White Sea: Aurelia aurita and Cyanea capillata. Aurelia aurita is also called “Eared jellyfish” even though it has no ears. It got its name from its bright and clearly visible reproductive gonads.
Aurelia sometimes comes close to the coastline and gets stranded on the beach, or is thrown out by the storm. But never before have we seen so many jellyfish as we did yesterday.
On our second day in Kuzumen we found a huge tree on the beach. Can’t imagine where it has come from. There are no trees of this size within at least 100km from here.
A huge root, 2×3 meters, and the trunk of at least 10 meters in length more >>
The 15th festival of this sort is taking place on the White Sea coast between Kandalaksha and Luvenga – watch for the sign. Craft fair, singing and dancing performances, and music workshops will be part of the event. Those wishing to participate actively need to apply through festival’s VK group before August 15.
The fourth City festival of folk art “Stories by Beauty Kanda” is happening on August 29 in Kandalaksha. The festival will include a beauty contest, will feature singing and dancing groups, and most of the city and area craftsmen will be present too. Last year it was a lively event worth visiting.
If you want to be an active participant – and there were a few from abroad last year – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8 (81533)9-40-46 before August 19.