9 Weekend in Karjala

Weekend in Karjala

Hope ya'll having good weekend today. This is an idea of what your weekend could look like if you spend it in some of the tourist attraction areas of Karjala, or Karelia like its being called in Russia - a region next to Finland, it lies to the North East of
St. Petersburg. This one is not exactly in Karelia but on its border, closer to St. Petersburg. Luxury cabins deep inside the local "Taiga" (which means forest). Stables, lots of stuff to see and buy, local foods and vodka. See it yourself:
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2 Dog, the Farmer Helper

Dog, the Farmer Helper

  According to Omsk local news outlet one Omsk man has taught his dog to farm potatoes. He posted photos and
videos and here are a couple of those. Believe it or not it was across the newspapers, see inside:
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4 Cat Goes for a Ride

Cat Goes for a Ride

"I parked there and in a minute or two a cat appeared on my hood. Well, ok, its fine. Then in a few moments some other
little creatures joined the first one". Then what? Then see inside what. The title should give you a clue.
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3 Russian Arctic Island Gets Cleaned Up

Russian Arctic Island Gets Cleaned Up

Now this island "Belyi" ("White") has the status of a national park, however since the 1930s it was continuously cluttered with the stuff that was brought here from the "Big Earth". As the island is far to the North, inside of the polar circle, everything gets imported here, including fuel in large metal barrels and things like that. There is
lots of stuff to clear up, and here come the volunteers. Actually, the volunteering culture is something pretty new for the country, however here they are. See what it was like to clean a polar island of things that had been brought there for years. Nice polar summer landscapes, fogs, grass and +10 degrees centigrade.
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7 Do Not Litter, Not

Do Not Litter, Not

Sergey has travelled through Siberia and has been puzzled by where so much trash is coming from. "There are much fewer villages around than
in the European part of Russia. People are pretty much not rich, so how do they produce so much trash??", writes the blogger.  
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8 Another Hailstorm

Another Hailstorm

Another hailstorm abruptly started in the Altai region a day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the walls of buildings got holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by stormy weather with high wind speeds. Here we have almost fifty photos of
the hailstorm's aftermath and the posts from the discussions boards. Here is one: "Those are Americans testing meteorological weapons. Soon you'll see this in Moscow. Every day." - said one person. See more photos and comments inside:
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3 Trip Round the Baikal Lake

Trip Round the Baikal Lake

Lake Baikal is the biggest lake in the world by volume, and there are recreational train trips going around it. Some prefer to go around by foot, it said to take 3 to 5 days to complete the picturesque route, but some, like Evgeny prefer to take a train ride. It's a much faster and easier way to enjoy all the landmarks around the Lake and you can get everything done in a day. They
deliberately make several stops so people can walk around and enjoy the scenery, the local meals being cooked by the babushkas, etc. The trip is called a roundtrip on purpose - the route makes a circle around the lake (or something more like a stretched oval around it). So the first stop is the last stop. Let's follow Evgeny and see some things he has seen and photographed:
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4 Moscow Great Hurricane of 1904

Moscow Great Hurricane of 1904

Some say hurricanes or tornadoes are not possible in the center of Russia, in Moscow city. However in 1904 there was an event that shocked most of the people who saw it. The giant pillar of swirling air dropped on the suburbs of Moscow and swept through what was mainly the suburbs of Moscow at time. Tens or hundreds of houses
were demolished, and train cars and carriages were thrown around. All of this was preceded by a hail storm with hail the size of goose eggs. The photo above might be the only photo of the actual hurricane pillar, however inside there are plenty of more photos of this natural event and its aftermath.
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10 Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

Living on the Atomic Icebreaker

What is it like to live on such a ship? Is it like living on a luxury cruise liner or is it more like staying in the cabin of a truck? We can find this out thanks to Sergei, who continues posting
his photos from the trip he took on this large ship of the Russian fleet. You might be surprised but there is even a room on this ship where the crew members can play volleyball!
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10 Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

Karabash, the Darkest Place on the Planet

In Russia, some people say the city of Karabash is the blackest point on the planet. As Dmitrij, the photographer writes: "Karabash is Southern Uralian Mars. It has all the signs of an extraterrestrial place - dead soil, covered with cracks, a river with its reddish-yellow waters with no signs of life and black artificial mountains." Then he
explains that the reason for all this is a large copper molding factory which has poisoned the local nature for years. He says that in the 1990s the city was called the most polluted city on Earth and acknowledged as a real catastrophic site. Here are a few photos of the place taken by Dmitrij with his flying drone:
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