My English students seek conversation practice

Here is a letter from one of them:

irina-2I’m desperate for English conversation practice!

In exchange, I can be your guide in Kandalaksha.

I can meet you at the train station, help you check into a hotel, recommend a place to eat, suggest places to visit, take you there, keep you from getting lost, and in every other way make you stay in Kandalaksha pleasant and comfortable. All totally free if you speak English to me and encourage me to do the same.

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Finally, an all-asphalt road to Salla, Finland

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The last 15km long dirt and gravel section of the Alakurtti to Salla (Finland) road has finally been covered with asphalt. The ceremony of opening the road took place yesterday. Travel between Kandalaksha and Finland is now even easier.

The Aurora Borealis season is here..

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The Cross Mountain, just east from Kandalaksha, last night

Sightings of Aurora Borealis had been reported on August 30 and today, Sept. 2. Here they are, from the VK page of Kandalaksha photographer Igor Prozorov.

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A video of Kandalaksha and area

Found on the VK page of Yura Nikitenko, a Kandalaksha photographer and rap singer.

Warning: the image of the place presented in the video somehow looks better than ground-level reality, where all the trash and tack and grot can’t be easily ignored. But with the end of the tourist season approaching I cannot miss this opportunity to promote tourism, even by somewhat misleading methods.

Northern Character Film and TV Festival Nov. 24-26, Murmansk

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The event will feature films united around the northern theme. At least in the past all films shown had English subtitles, and the festival’s site has an English version, which gives a reason to expect that the event will be accessible to the international traveler. After the Murmansk show the festival will tour other Murmansk region cities, including Kandalaksha.

School “free market” at 3pm on Sept. 1

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“Bring what you don’t need (clothing, things, books) and take what you do need”

I’m happy to see that the “free market” tradition seems to have taken hold in Kandalaksha. See examples here and here. The next one is happening on September 1 beginning at 3pm by the fountain in the city center, and its focus is school-related items.

Car down in Kandalaksha?

broke-carBased on my three years’ experience living here I can recommend the following three establishments:

(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.

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A recent film “Pearls of Kandalaksha”. And one of its participants as your free guide around the city.

pearls-of-kandalakshaThis 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 (manfriday@yandex.ru).

Sun City – Craftsmen City Festival August 19-21

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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.

“Stories by beauty Kanda” August 29 2016

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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 mo.sodeistvie@yandex.ru or phone 8 (81533)9-40-46 before August 19.