Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

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The advantage of tourists over local residents is that one sees everything in a new way, watching open-mouthed, another one indifferently passes by, they had seen it a hundred times.

Here is a village in Karelia, the Russian Finnish region, typical for the whole phenomena of the country, but still different.

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

*Attention! Dangerous road section!*

Fairy tale, a true fairy tale! I dislike winter but that’s because I live in a big city. Karelia is beautiful in snow. I did not cease to admire the beautiful roads.

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

A lot of Finnish names, and it is clear why. Part of the modern territory of Karelia was Finland.

*Leppäsyrjä*

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

The basic building material is wood, one can pass a hundred settlements and do not come across a single stone house. Old wood gives a special charm.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

There are abandoned villages. Only the chimney has remained, the rest on the house was made of wood.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

A small channel. A magical place!Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

The sun light was not enough, it appeared only for a couple of hours for the whole trip.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

On the second day it was decided to definitely find a village where one can make a reportage about the Karelian life. Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Every self-respecting village should have a store that has been closed since the Soviet years 🙂

*grocery store*Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

There is no malls in villages where residents can buy fashion clothing and footwear. Where people get clothes in Russian villages, I was always curious. Because people need to buy new clothes, at least sometimes. Probably such cars carry mobile shops: one day they stay in one place, and then go further.

*sale of shoes*Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

X-Trail and felt boots (valenki) is an odd mixture.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Good old UAZ cars.

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Here is a small blue house. It is one of the most important in the village.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

On the house there is a hanging plaque with a proud inscription “Liaison Office” in two languages. And in fact, it is not just a post office but a communication with the outside world.

*Liaison Office*

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

There people can subscribe to newspapers and magazines. It’s also a small shop with cans, powders and ceramic mugs. They sell postcards with views of the Republic. Usually, in any country of the world, postcards and stamps are sold in different places. Here the postie specifically ordered them because in summer there are many tourists, mostly Finns.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Vedlozero is a nice village, not spoiled with new buildings, plastic windows. The houses are old but tidy, people care about them.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

There are still places where neighbors trust each other and do not see enemies in everyone. Love this good Russia.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

There are a lot of troubles with a public transport.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Residents skillfully emerge from the situation. One can reach the neighboring villages on skis.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Or use such unusual sled. They say they are from Finland.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Five kilometres from Vedlozera there is another village, Kinerma. It is called the oldest in local places, houses are very different from the previously seen. In general, this is a museum and a tourist attraction, but still a bit more than five people live in the village.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

We met Aina who takes care of the museum. She lives with her husband and son-schoolboy, they moved from the city and live in the house of her mother.Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

We came to visit and had a treat — pies with cranberries and traditional Karelian pies kalitki made of unleavened dough and potato. Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

On the way back to civilization, we met the boy enthusiastically skiing through the forest to Kinerma. Certainly, it was this woman’s son hurrying on the hot meal with tasty kalitki. Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

Indeed, the trip was successful and now think to go back to Karelia and explore it better, especially the most remote corners. Because they are always the most interesting, isn’t it?..Winter in Karelia, Russia [20 photos]

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