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
For the country with population of 280 million people Sochi used to substitute Egypt, Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro, Thailand and Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Canaries, Cote d'Azur, Sardinia and who knows
what else! It is even hard to imagine how all those people found enough space on Sochi beaches. Check out the pictures of the modern Olympic city the way it looked like in the 1970-80s.