Ok, speaking about cold river kayaking, here we find a set of Soviet era photos of people traveling around. In the USSR a person, as a rule, couldn't travel abroad so most of population travelled inside the country. The country had
different places to offer - people could climb mountains, kayak and raft in rivers, ride skis or simply go camping. All this can be seen in these widescreen, mostly color, photos of Soviet tourism.
I've noticed that rafting has become more and more popular in Russia recently. People who live in big cities try to go to the rivers out in the country. Sometimes they go rafting in the ice cold water while snow remains on the ground. Rafts overturn - people fall into the water,
they're hit by waves and the strong river streams. This is an example of river raft racing in the Sayani mountains in Siberia. Rafts got overturned, people fell into the water, snow is still on the ground - the water could be close to zero Celsius. Cold!
In 1909, the Russian magazine "Automobile" reported on a car race. The length of the route was one VERSTA - the unit of distance that is not used anymore and which was 1066 meters - roughly one kilometer. Cars, mopeds and
motorbikes took part in the race. It's not clear who won and which car brand was fastest at that race, but its relatively short distance might allow us to call it the first drag race in the history of Russia.
"Dead City", "scary place where will be never more people", "the city where it is better not to stay for a night " - the most often spoken characteristics of Pripyat. Most of the photo-stories about Pripyat are filled with these phrases. After similar stories a tourist who visited the city will sit in a bus thinking what an awful
place he has just visited. But this photos will tell you about another Pripyat, good and beautiful. It was a city for young people, and this atmosphere has remained there forever. It will be in Pripyat until its last day, until the last building collapses and the city finally turns back into forest.