“New Life” festival in Teriberka July 11-12

teriberkaTeriberka has recently gained a lot of publicity due to the filming of Levithan by Andrey Zvyagintsev there in 2013. Riding on this popularity, organic food distributor LavkaLavka and Bolshaya Zemlya Fund are organizing a festival that aims to drastically improve the life of Teriberka by stimulating its potential in fishing and tourism.

Among the participants are LavkaLavka itself, Mark i Lev restaurant, Russian Kitchen Fund, the Rofano group, Teriberka Folk Pomor Choir, and whoever else may join before the event starts. 

The event is not expected to make any money and relies on crowd-funding.

Entry ticket to the festival is 800 roubles ($15 at current exchange rate).

Accommodation in the local rather basic hotel or in tents.

I’m thinking of going and you are welcomed to join me. Accommodation in the camper or tents if I do go.

Off to Kuzomen

Photo by Snowman_pro from Kirovsk. Recommend.

kuzomenVillage of Kuzomen, Ter coast of the White Sea, about 300km east from Kandalaksha. This polar desert is a favorite place of Uncle Pasha on the Ter edge of the Kola Peninsula.

Dating scene review, another attempt

As I do a crude analysis of my clients in the last 4-5 years (after something seems to have changed in the universe) I see that they fall into three distinc groups. First, there are weirdos looking for support from someone of their ilk. Suppose my recent look into one of the local ndustries clearly was of this type. Fortunately, the client put his life in order and gave up oh his plans to relocate to Russia and do business here. The second type is someone who materializes in the last-minute in panic becase their fixer disappeared or the driver they hired went into a drinking binge. Last, it is the Russian bride seeker.

[hide-this-part morelink=”More”]There isn’t much I can do about the first two but I’m doing a review of the Russian brides scene right now in an effort to attract those who still want to pursue that miniscule chance.

The first find is that the good old anastasia.ru is not only still around but they are overhauling their dating section.

ANASTASIA.RU IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THAT HUGE RUSSIAN BRIDES PORTAL OF THE SAME NAME!

It was there and active for many years, and was always on my recommended list. It is not a dating site. People are brought there by the “back to land” type sentiment first. Making friends and finding a mate/partner follows from a certain unity that’s already there. Self-descriptions are made in free form as opposed to filling out a form with technical parameters. If you are a farmer, or own a large property, and gardening is your things you will be a hit. If you are contemplating a move to Russia but otherwise are reasonably sane you’ll have women all over. What’s more, women there tend to be active, skinny, and educated. No, not glamorous, and not sleesy sexy. A bit space cadet-ish though, New Age type caracters. If I was in free circulation I personally could very well join the club.[/hide-this-part]

The Bartash Family: Amethyst Coast Souvenirs, Workshop, and more

Ul. Nagornaya 60, 8 921 151 3991 or 8 921 667 5920 (as dialed from within Russia). I think its owners, the Bartosh family (Ludmila, Oleg, and Ksenia), speak passable English. Oleg and Ludmila are both mining engineers but in difficult perestroyka years they have condescended to making jewels and selling them to tourist. And that’s what they do now.

Their specialization is ametyst and items made of it.

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What do Igor and Natasha read?

pressPrompted by a question about the reading tastes of my companions I stopped to contemplate the contents of a news kiosk during today’s afternoon walk.

(This was part of a larger job to help a journalist to create a name for himself, and this little assignment is a good example of silly things I do for a living.)

3/4 of the lower half on display was children’s books. Two town papers. Three to five regional adaptations of national weeklies. A few monthlies. Two history novels. The entire back was was full of magazines on nothing but health, beauty, gardening, and astrology.

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