Africanda, Polarnye Zori district

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:

Somehow I’d expected to see more than one palm tree in a place named after Africa

“Soldiers” bath” at the entrance to the now closed military facility

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Free guide for English speaking travelers to Kandalaksha.

Here is a message from one of my English students:
 
My name is Irina and I’m studying English for the third year now. I freely read books and watch movies but I desperately need English conversation practice. If you are not afraid my bad English I will be your guide and show you around Kandalaksha.
 
I’ve been living here for twelve years and there hardly is a question about the town that I can’t answer. Where to stay, where to eat, what to visit, how to enjoy your trip – just ask.
 
Please email me mast.ruk@yandex.ru or call +7 911 3050721. I’m available on weekends.

Exhibition train in Kandalaksha on Oct. 5

railroad-expo-trainThe history of the Karelia and Murmansk part of the October railroad, originally connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg, and latest technological advances are said to be featured.

Here is the schedule of the train:

October 1 – Murmansk
October 2 – Zapolarnaya Station
October 3 – Olenegorsk
October 4 – Apatity
October 5 – Kandalaksha
October 6 – Kovdor
October 7 – Kem

Open 10am to 6pm, closed 1 to 2pm, admission fee 70 roubles.

Mass downing of Murmansk prostitution sites

site-downI’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.

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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An ugly way to die

cement-siloOn June 23 2016 a worker at the Kandalaksha Cement and Asphalt plant got burried under a pile of cement dumped from the silo tower. Not exactly a pleasant way to go.

Kola Super Deep Borehole

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.

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A Murmansk woman poisoned by salad with sperm from six men

poisonFlashnord.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.

Yuk.

No further details are available in the press except that the victim declined to press charges.

Book freemarket today

book-exchangeThe first ever free book exchange is happening in Kandalaksha today in the City Library No. 3 at ulitsa Piteo 2 from 12 to 5pm.

For information call 8 (8-15-33) 3-42-60.

Americans try drinking Russian-style, followed by typical chasers

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.