Those who live in the Plastok village of Belarus are not surprised anymore when see the new inventions of their neighbour. All summer long they can observe a hang-glider flying in the sky, and the wife of the inventor
sometimes goes to the local feldsher's station where she works, by a custom bright red electric car. Technical miracles of the man are already famous in legends in the remote Belorussian province.
Paranino - a small village not far from Chelyabinsk (which got famous for its recent picturesque meteorite sky show). It's a regular village with farmers, cows or goats crossing the streets, nice nature etc. But what makes it so special? Since early 1900s it is a home of a factory that makes... trams. And when they make trams they need a handy spot for trams to get thru tests etc. For this they need a full scale tram railroad which can give the newly built trams all possible
challenges - uphill climbs, hard curves and so on. For this they have built such a track right thru the small village. Now, on a daily basis the small typical Russian settlement gets the ultra new (and old as well) trams cruising around daily. And the good guys tram builders didn't forget the needs of locals so they offer them free rides as well so the tram trail is a fully functional metro rail but deep deep in the woods. Here are some more photos:
Ok while the Olympics are going on, some Russian bloggers decided that time has come to improve the existing olympic sports and created some mash ups. Like for example a Bobathlon - a glorious mix between
bobsled and biathlon - bobsled riders equipped with rifles have to shoot targets while speeding down the track. I wonder if they have the skis inside the car as well or not. Then next one is
Olenegorsk, Russia is like this. A Northern town, with a population of around 20,000, it is much further north than the polar circle. This means that there are times in the year - called Polar winters - when the sun doesn't rise and doesn't lighten up peoples lives in the city. This is not the only thing, but now add to this a large, deep mine pit,
which looks pretty depressing even at daytime during this air flight around it, but then in winter when it's all dark and the whole small town is situated on the edge of the primordial dark pit which in size looks like not much smaller than the town itself. Might be a pretty romantic location for some of the Olenegorskians...