A bear – and a huge one – is said to have been noticed in the outskirts of Polarniye Zori, 20km north from Kandalaksha. It seems to have been attracted to the town by garbage and caused quite a panic in the community, judging from social networks.
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:
|Location||Roubles/m2||In $US at the current exchange rate of 62 roubles per $1US|
|Murmansk||37202||Just over $500/m2|
|Kola||37052||just over $500/m2|
|Monchegorsk||15000||just under $250/m2|
|Olenegorsk||17100||just under $400/m2|
|Severomorsk||35500||slightly over $500/m2|
|Polarnye Zori||30000||under $500/m2|
|Pushnoy||7895||slightly over $100/m2|
Disclaimer: the information below has been pulled from a variety of sources but not verified.
(1) A billboard by the train station:
A town with a definite “built in the early 1970s” feel, with its apparent raison d’etre being to house the Kola Nuclear Station workers.
Population, ~15 th., is less than half the size of Kandalaksha.
Of travel practicalities, a hotel’s billboard was noticed. (Click to enlarge.)
The town is clean and appears to be well-maintained. Unlike Kandalaksha, it has a well-supplied bookstore.