Yesterday, for no particular reason other than its curious name, we headed to a place called Africanda, about 10 miles north from Polarnye Zori. The story says that the name originated as a joke, when railroad station builders encountered a particularly hot, Africa-like, summer day. The village offers among the most spectacular local ruins. The town core however appears relatively civilized, full of small two-story houses surrounded by pine trees. Here are a few photos to convey to you the sense of the place:
Here is the schedule of the train:
Open 10am to 6pm, closed 1 to 2pm, admission fee 70 roubles.
I’ve taken a look at the kandalaksha.su statistics and noticed that my short post mentioning Murmansk prostitution sites continues enjoying immense popularity but, alas, the resources it points to are mostly down. The only one that appears alive although not exactly full of information or activity is murmansk.sexros.net. One is disconnected, another one is for sale, and the third just wouldn’t open. Another industry appears to have succumbed to the recession.
Since “Kola superdeep borehole” is one of the most common search enquiries that take visitors to my site I’m adding a little note on that location..
In the 70s Russia and the States were not only seeing who will send more rockets to the outer space but also who will drill deeper into the Earth’s crust. Soviets won by going 1/3 of the way through the Baltic shielf with their 7 mile borehole 6 miles west from Zapolarny, which, in turn, is around 100 miles west from Murmansk.
Flashnord.com reports that a Murmansk woman has recently suffered a food poisoning as a result of eating a store-bought salad. What was left of the salad was subject to expertise that found the sperm of six men in it.
No further details are available in the press except that the victim declined to press charges.
Hope the following gets a chuckle out of you. Too bad “sniffing” it with a piece of brown bread was not included, the hard-core drinker style.