Snow is still all around but yesterday I saw two mosquitoes that were too small and quick to be photographed, and an anthill teeming with activity, which Alexandra captured with her camera. “Real” spring is close!
The event, based in Kandalaksha, is organized by the Chupa Yacht Club. It starts on June 27 and ends on July 7 2019.
Those wishing to participate need to contact the Chupa Yacht Club now.
A couple of days ago I heard a report that the Murmansk to Teriberka road is open to the joy of crowds of Chinese travellers for whom this, apparently, is a popular destination.
Now, the beginning of April, may actually be the best time to visit these places. There is still snow and you can enjoy winter thrills like skiing and snowmobiling but it is not that cold (around freezing in the daytime) and the daylight lasts from 7am until after 8pm. Truly, the best of all worlds.
The Murmansk Arctic State University has just published “Listing books of the Kandalaksha Immaculate Monastery and the Church of John the Baptist” from the 18th century. The collection contains key documents telling of economic and cultural life of the village of Kandalaksha in the 18th century.
The book will be of interest to local history experts.
Printed in Moscow by Aliance-Archeo.
Probably can be bought at the St. John the Baptist Church in the east end of Kandalaksha.
It is a pleasure for me to announce that my mate Alexandra’s mega-project of the last four or five years, the book on the relationship between the Common eider and Man, has its end in sight. My role was that of a translator and occasionally a lightning rod for the outbursts of the author’s anger at the world dearing to interfere with the process.
Below is a letter from Alexandra to all those interested in acquiring the book or perhaps helping financially in its printing.
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!
Stumbled into this aerial view onto the smelter, one of the three (along with the railroad and the sea port) economic hubs of the city. Sharing it with those who ask what makes Kandalaksha tick.
A race of these simplistic devices took place in Kandalaksha today. And I’ve even attended the competition as a spectator.
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..
“Russia is a country that fears nothing”
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).