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Greetings from the horrible Russian road! Do I have any readers in Vologda who are free for a few hours tomorrow morning to show me around? What is interesting to see here? My trip so far has been very unique and heartwarming. I've met so many nice Russians, and spent all day yesterday in a village, visiting people's homes. :) I'll try to write a short post in the next few days. Meanwhile, happy Sunday to everyone! :)

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roman_dochkin
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
Would be better to write the same in Russian.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know how to write it in Russian, and most of my readers understand and speak English. :)
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dim_va
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Russia!
"horrible Russian road.."
Heh.
It isn't worst russian thing. There are russian fools yet )
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Welcome to Russia!
Last night, I met some true Russian alcoholics in the village! But they were kind and colorful drunks. Old man and lady. :)
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andrey_kaminsky
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
Почему то вспомнил имена "Тарзан и Джейн"...
I knew that the "Baby Coon" cartoon will change your journey. This is the "Power of Art" certainly!) Now, when Alexander became friendly and welcoming to the natives, they will be kinder to you. Do not forget that mere smile causes suspicion among locals, they are accustomed that smile is always accompanied by shiny red eyes due to the use of vodka 8) Be consistent with local traditions!
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Почему то вспомнил имена "Тарзан и Джейн"...
Welcome back! :) Last night, I had a small vodka party with some pensioners in the village where I spent the night. They were not worried about my smile, in fact I don't think they even realized I was American. :))
mirabella_2014
Mar. 1st, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
Читателей из Вологды просит путешественница показать ей достопримечательности Вологды, по русски не пишет а вот как будет общаться с русскими наверное языком немых...ну и русское гостеприимство чай, блины и вологодские кружева!

I think you missed alcoholics in your Country, its' very nice of you to wright about them in the first place in Russia...but anyway you like to communicate with Russian readers and travel to Russia, what is the reason you like Russians?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 03:19 pm (UTC)
First, almost all of my readers are Russian and they like when I visit and share my impressions about the country. And I personally like to visit Russia because it's so different from America. :)
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genka8
Mar. 1st, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
I highly doubt you are on THE horrible Russian road. That one is said to be on the Russian Far East.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
Today we had an off-road adventure on the Teleport, which is not even a road but forest. :)) Very cool!
e_g_o_r_i_u_s
Mar. 1st, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Shannon, perhaps, those people in villages will personally meet only one American in their life, and good that it is you.

All the communication with locals goes through your comrade's translation, right? And you say that people may not even guess that you're an American - but how do you present yourself? And how do you get to those people's homes? Just knocking and saying: "Hi, I am Shannon and would love to talk to you a bit"? :) Or all those people are acquaintances of your friend?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
Communication is very difficult! My friend has a reader living in the remote village, and he knew the locals very well. So, he took us to many of their homes and we spoke with them and hung out. Sometimes my friend translated my questions to the villagers and their answers. Alexander spent the night with his reader, but he had a full house. So I slept in a village house deep in the forest by myself. It was a little scary, but memorable experience!! :)) I will write about it.
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creaze
Mar. 1st, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Speaking of horrible russian roads.... Shannon, could you elaborate on this a bit?

What exactly is so wrong about our roads? Not saying their good (us russians we really need to cross those off our achievements list, at least for a while), but having traveled quite a bit across foreign countries as well as my own, i can say that their degree of disappointing-ness doesen't live up to the international stereotype, that we maintain about them.

Edited at 2015-03-01 04:23 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
Is this a serious question? :) First many "highways" between regions have only one lane each way, so traffic is coming at you head on in very narrow spaces. Big trucks hog most of the space in their lane, you constantly play "chicken" with drivers coming at you head on, in an effort to move pass the trucks driving at very slow speeds . In winter, the tiny shoulders are completely covered in snow and inoperable in the event of an accident. There are craters and huge pot holes on many routes which make traveling long distances on the road nauseating, at least for me. :)
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moonrainbow
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Good to read that your journey is followed with so much fun. Especially, drinking with the villagers. :) I personally can't handle things like that, I am not a drinker and it is plain boring at best. But looks like you had a party!

In Vologda you can visit the Kremlin (it has no walls any longer but the cathedrals are there) and see a lot of ornamented wooden houses - unfortunately, many of them will be in decaying condition.

I haven't been there but read some travelogues, e.g. this one
http://varandej.livejournal.com/226683.html
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have seen so many wooden houses over the past four days!! :)) Many beautiful, many in poor condition. There is not much to do in this city, but it's a short stop for the night on the way to Yaroslavl.
deepblueflame
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
Shannon, hi! My name is Irina, I live in Vologda. It would be better to telephone about tomorrow advices. I'll write you my number now in private messages.
deepblueflame
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
To visit in Vologda: The Kremlin, The Lace Museum!! (Very beautiful big lase masterpieses), and The open air museum near the town http://www.semenkovo.ru/en
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
I received your message, thank you very much for the suggestions. :)
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rise_man
Mar. 1st, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
so you are welcome!

I am glad that you like Russia! Russia is nice!

P.S.
some words about horrible roads, it is a unique Russian technology of building roads:) special technology which let to get some money for repair every year to some people. :-)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 1st, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Russia is both good and bad, as all countries. :)
sergsuper
Mar. 1st, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
to see there)
wojzeh
Mar. 1st, 2015 09:07 pm (UTC)
I just asked my friend, who manages a vodka distillery in Vologda, if he could do a guided tour for you.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for trying. :) I'm already in the next city, en route back to Moscow.
qi_tronic
Mar. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
You can troll the locals asking where is "дом номер 1" (house number one) from this song :)

www. youtube. com/watch?v=wfMtyq3XWD0

peacetraveler22
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
I walked around for a few hours this morning by myself, but this is not the nicest or prettiest city. It's a bit boring, crowded, and of course dirty with all the snow and traffic.
pin_gwin
Mar. 2nd, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
Be safe there....
Vologda used to be known for it's creamery butter. Don't miss to try :)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Be safe there....
I think it's also well known for lace. Today, at one of the souvenir shops, an old woman was selling all lace items.
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