The Soul in the Shed

No trip to understand Russian culture would be complete without a visit to a country shed, or its urban equivalent: the garage. The shed and the garage are a heritage of Soviet culture, which has survived in modern-day Russia. An interesting social study and explanation of how the shed became such an important part of... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten (?) Payphone

I am always amazed at how past and present coexist in today's Russia. On example of that are funfairs, especially in smaller towns. There you can almost always see old Soviet relics (like 50-year-rusty old mini ferris wheels or decrepit bumper cars, which not only violate each and every safety standard, but also look like they could literally fall apart at any given time), next to stands with virtual reality goggles and mobile 4D cinemas. The truly amazing thing, to me, is that children always go from one to the other and/or vice-versa without a second though.

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow

The Museum is located about 15 minutes walking away from the Maryina Roshcha metro station (at the exit of which you can see the Planeta VKN Youth Center): Being rather far from the city center is not a popular tourist destination. On one hand this is a shame, because it is definitely worth visiting, but on the other hand this offers you the definite advantage of seeing such an interesting place almost devoid of other visitors, especially during the week.

Lonely ice fisherman in Tver

After yesterday's mega post on such a worrying matter, today I wanted something peaceful and serene! So I found this image I took this past winter in Tver. I wrote in another previous blog about the danger of walking on frozen rivers, but this is different. Ice fishing is a very strong tradition in Russia and the best places and times and modes to fish on the ice are generally passed from father to son. These guys know what they are doing, they know the river, they know the ice.

Cucumber Sprite – Culture shock n.6

Russians really, really, REALLY love their cucumbers. Fresh or pickled they are almost omnipresent in Russian recipes. It's a fundamental ingredient in the famous Olivier salad (also known as Russian salad in other countries, but not in Russia!) and the "snack" of choice to much on when drinking a shot (or two) of vodka.  During the summer months especially cucumber water and cucumber lemonade have been popular drinks in Russia for a long time.

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