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.
These are much worse than mosquitoes. Unlike the latter, gnats slice off a patch of your skin. On Wendesday I got bitten by some during the trip to the hills, and my arms are still swollen and it still itches three days later. The all-knowing Alexandra says these will last about a week. One of the worse thing about gnats is they don’t really hurt when they initially attack you. ALWAYS WEAR LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT TO THE WOODS AND TAKE SOME INSECT-REPELLANT WITH YOU!!
I have to confess it was one of the first Skype sessions of my life. And it went much easier and smoother than I had expected.
That made one of those watching me suggest that I offer Russian lessons via Skype too.
Here I am, doing just that.
What’s best, being stuck in Kandalaksha, where prices are low, I can offer these at “provincial” rates of 700 roubles ($10) for 1.5 hour session, payable via PayPal.
As with English, the introductory session is free and involves no obligation on anyone.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype me at Uncle_Pasha_2011 to get started.
To get over the Fall stagnation, when the trickle of orders for my humble services of a guide, an interpreter, a driver, a fixer, or whatever, comes down to a near nill, let me try reducing the rate from the usual $30/hour or $250/day to $15/hour or $125 for the whole day!
Let’s apply it from this moment till the end of November, and see if this drastic measure will help in revitalizing my small operation.
Oh, travellers are welcomed to our fold-out couch at 1000 roubles ($15) per person per night, down from $20-25. Also part of the “Ukrainian crisis and consequences” sale.
The stories appeared in Norrländska Socialdemokraten on Jan. 24 and 26 2015.
This search query was noticed in the stats counter on the site. The famous Leviathan caused unprecedented interest to small Teriberka.
The distance between Moscow and Teriberka is 1969 km. You drive through Yaroslavl, Vologda Region, Karelia and Murmansk region. And – voilà! – you are in Teriberka.
We drove through most of this road by car and we can talk about it in detail. But if you are not interested in what’s between Moscow and Teriberka is much faster and more comfortable to get there by train/plane to Murmansk.
What took me to Lovozero this time was an interpreting (and trip organizational in general) assignment by two Swedish journalists dispatched here to write about the life of Saami. They’ve promised to provide a copy of the article that I will, of course, share with you.
We met in Apatity where I got by train, having wimped out of the idea of driving 200km through icy roads in a blizzard and -30C. The train trip from Kandalaksha to Apatity cost 700+ roubles ($14) and lasted an hour and a half. Lots of empty seats on the train, probably no need to buy tickets in advance during the off-season period.
I first researched the option of a train to Olenegorsk and then a bus but it turned out there was no direct bus to Lovozero from Olenegorsk, the nearest station on the Murmansk railroad. Here is the bus schedule at Olenegorsk: