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I’m ready for a new challenge

For the last few months, in addition to translating Alexandra’s book on the eiders (the end of the project is now in sight sometime in 2019) and teaching English (mostly to local kids), I’ve been looking where a motor yacht could fill up with quality diesel fuel between St. Petersburg and Murmansk. Now, with the yacht project over, 1/3 of my time and energy is freed up, and am ready to apply it to the benefit humanity and to help in paying our bills.

Examples of jobs done in the last three or four years, since our move to the Kola Peninsula: more >>

Road kill black grouse dinner

Found a freshly killed black grouse female, which is actually gray, on the road on our way back from the dacha. Took it home, and at the moment it is in our largest pan turning into dinner. Haven’t eaten meat in quite a while, hope I won’t get sick. Plan to wash it down with a quantity of red wine as a precaution.

Garbage-related protests in Arkhangelsk continue

Large-scale protests against the authorities’ plans to ship Moscow garbage to the Arkhangelsk Region, apparently, continue in the City of Arkhangelsk.

Here is a recent goarctic.ru article, in Russian, explaining in detail the current situation. 

Some more recent materials, in English:

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Russian-Finnish Days of Cross-Border Cooperation

These take place in the town of Kola (~10km south of Murmansk) on May 23-24, 2019 at Zashitnikov Zapolarya 7. Here is the program of the event, in English. Seeems like an opportunity to meet most of the top brass of the region.

Average wages in Kandalaksha

Kandalaksha Online reports, without indicating the source, that the average wage in Kandalaksha as of April 2019 is 28,600 roubles per month, or just under $500/month. The current exchange rate is in the area of 66 roubles for one dollar US.

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Registration with the Ministry of Emergencies for those travelling in dangerous areas

The Murmansk Region section of the Ministry of Emergencies now requires all travellers going on potentially dangerous routes (sailing, mountains) to register with them ten days before the trip and report that they are well daily. Presumably, should they disappear, the Ministry will undertake a search.

Here is the form in English on the Ministry of Emergencies site travellers need to fill out before being on their way. 

First mosquitoes sighted, and the ants are up too

Snow is still all around but yesterday I saw two mosquitoes that were too small and quick to be photographed, and an anthill teeming with activity, which Alexandra captured with her camera. “Real” spring is close!

 

The Kandalaksha Bay Cup sailing regatta starts June 27 2019

The event, based in Kandalaksha, is organized by the Chupa Yacht Club. It starts on June 27 and ends on July 7 2019.

Those wishing to participate need to contact the Chupa Yacht Club now.

The regatta will probably be based on the Kandalaksha Yacht Club, and it can be observed from the Monastery Cape just east of the town.

Spring is here, and the road to Teriberka is said to be open

A couple of days ago I heard a report that the Murmansk to Teriberka road is open to the joy of crowds of Chinese travellers for whom this, apparently, is a popular destination.

Now, the beginning of April, may actually be the best time to visit these places. There is still snow and you can enjoy winter thrills like skiing and snowmobiling but it is not that cold (around freezing in the daytime) and the daylight lasts from 7am until after 8pm. Truly, the best of all worlds.