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An artist who managed to put the city’s charming chaos on canvas has finally come around. It is Alexandra Ovchinnikova, a St. Petersburg painter who combines realism, impressionism, and folk art motives in her work.
It is a great pleasure for me to present a sample of her art related to Kandalaksha. Here:
Bureaucratic arrangements (car and health insurance) have been pretty straight-forward, and the whole recent trip, including the border crossing at Salla, was rather uneventful.
I’m thus pleased to announce that I’m now ready to travel there on behalf of my clients.
The distance from Kandalaksha to Salla crossing is 179km (200 to Salla itself), so the cost of picking you up (up to 3-4 persons and their possessions can fit into my car with relative ease and comfort) at Salla or area or getting you there would be $200+$250=$450.($200 is “car upkeep” -fuel, maintenance, insurance – at 50 cents/kilometer, and $250 is my fee for the day.)
Happened on Sept. 21 down from Volosyanaya (Volostnaya) hill.
More photos here.
It was Fall equinox yesterday or today, first real ground frost this morning, and snow (or hoarfrost) seen up in the hills. From now on it is going to deteriorate pretty quick into a miserable arctic winter and polar night.
I’ll gladly consider assignments involving travel any place “south” from here. And even St. Peters or Moscow is “south”..
Kolvitsa, one of several villages along the Kandalaksha cost of the White Sea, has a rich and unique history. Unlike other, Pomor, villages, Kolvitsa was founded by migrants from Karelia, and thus maintained, for many years, its cultural and linguistic uniqueness.