While capturing the spirit of the place, the article falls victim to stereotypes, such as “abandoned Soviet-era aluminum smelter”: if it is “Soviet-era”, it has to be “abandoned”, like “a nice hot” fits together with “a cup of tea”.
Also, I couldn’t make sense out of the episode of a man with a gun chasing the traveler away. It sounds like the author stumbled into a military base, but there are no military bases in or around Kandalaksha. The only plausible explanation I can think of is that the author of the story happened to stumble upon a dacha owner overprotective of his property. Highly atypical I’d say.
The fourth City festival of folk art “Stories by Beauty Kanda” is happening on August 29 in Kandalaksha. The festival will include a beauty contest, will feature singing and dancing groups, and most of the city and area craftsmen will be present too. Last year it was a lively event worth visiting.
If you want to be an active participant – and there were a few from abroad last year – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8 (81533)9-40-46 before August 19.
A typical event of this sort, with most of local arts and crafts community present. New was a noticeable number of the police, and people with newly fashionable “patriotic” symbolics, such as this gentleman with “Glory to great Stalin” T-shirt AND an Orthodox cross on his bag, a combination that exemplifies present-day Russia: