Category Archives: Russia

Sochi: Christmas mood

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Caucasus, Russia. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

It is hot in Moscow. In Saint-Petersburg, where I will celebrate New Year 2017, it is raining. In Alps there is no snow. If your Christmas mood depends on the weather, like my mood, you should go to Sochi.  Continue reading

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Nizhny Novgorod: hero of the fete.

The 4th of November – a day to remember. At least in Russia. Some people can’t remember what exactly they celebrate nowadays (Unity Day). Just because before the feast had another date – 7th of November – and was dedicated to  October revolution. This celebration survived Soviet Union, yet was finally abandonded. As long as people got used to November holidays, state historians burried into “this day in histroy” statistics and found out that … in the beginning of 17th century it was in this autumn month that Russia firstly overcame long period of anarchy and state degradation. So, since 2004 National Unity Day has been celebrated on the 4th of November. Another official holiday in Russia needs to be spent somewhere, but not in Moscow. So we choose to travel to the birth place of super model Natalia Vodyanova – Nizhny Novgorod. And what a symbolic trip it was! Continue reading

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Baikal: chipmunks in jungles.

The deepest lake in the world (1642 m) had been flurrying my imagination since I first heard its name. According to Mongolian language, Baikal means ”big lake’, so no wonder everyone here call it ”sea”. It has a smell and a scale of a sea, also impressive waves, but its waters are surprisingly fresh. While backpacking we found that out, quenched in the largest natural reservoir of fresh water. Continue reading

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Kamchatka: hits and hints.

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Kamchatka sounds as far as it is. My plane flew 8 hours eastwards to the wild Russian peninsula.  This land of volcanoes hit and surprised me. Those are Kamchatka’s hits, that amazed and shocked me at the same time.

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