Pudozh, Karelia

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There are several reasons for me to feature this town of just under 10 thousand somewhere east of Lake Onega.

Pudozh is half way between Moscow and Kandalaksha if you opt to go around Lake Onega from the east. That makes Pudozh a good place to recuperate. The town is inexpensive and relaxed. It has a high concentration of hotels and guesthouses, and 600 roubles ($20) per person per night is the usual rate. There are so many places to stay in or around Pudozh that there is no point in documenting them unless I become aware of somethins truly outstanding, which is unlikely because I travel with a camper in tow in these rare cases when I can’t altogether avoid dragging my old arse through space.

Karelian roads, especially in the desolate east, are brutal, and by the time you get to Pudozh your poor car is likely to have something cracked or torn out of it. Service stations are very few, far between, and usually not able to do much. You have a good chance of getting your car fixed in Pudozh however. Before I got used to local roads I managed to damage our car three times on monstrous potholes, all in the same area east of Lake Onega, with Pudozh the only civilized place around. All three times we had in fixed the. On one occasion mechanics searched all over to find us a ball bearing that fits.  

Alexandra has connections there through her Chow-chow network.

Pudozh is definitely a “familiar territory”. Need anything in Pudozh? Write to alexandragor4@yandex.ru

To get a sense of what the city and area are like I recommend this set of Pudozh photos from the fellow who found refuge from Moscow noise and other annoyances in Petrozavodsk, about 7 hours south from Pudozh.

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