I’d like to put emphasis on Pudozh, about 10 hours north from St. Petersburg. Why? Strategic location, half way between St. Petersburg and Kandalaksha. Several hotels and lots of guesthouses that normally cost $20 per person per night in and around Pudozh. Probably the best place to fix the car that, by the time it reaches Pudozh, especially if moving south, may be falling apart as a consequence of beaten up roads. We had several jobs done by Serezha and Dima, +7 911 665 1396, and ours is not an easy car to work on. Speaking of car problems, torn our shocks, bearings, and exploded tires are most common victims of holes in asphalt. Check suspension before going, and don’t forget to deflate tires on rough stretches of the road. Alexandra’s Chow-Chow dog Tasha comes from Pudozh and Alexandra maintains active connections with Tasha’s breeders. Pudozh definitely belongs to what feels like familiar territory.
I haven’t inspected this one myself but judging from the number of billboards the “Bear Corner” a major tourist center. more >>
Sunday just started according to staritsa.info’s clock, and today’s first search phrase was “Baptist churches near Solnechnogorsk”. I hereby praise the Lord for a welcomed change from the usual that I won’t even mention despite the need to saturate the sites with words and phrases that draw people. Dear G-d, please consider this as my donation. The church in question is in Zelenograd, about 30km from Solnechnogorsk, and its site is http://www.zelbaptist.org/
Norway keeps a General Consulate that also represents interests of The Netherlands and Sweden. Finland has a section of the General Consulate and represents France.
Belorussia and Iceland have hononary – whatever that means – consulates in Murmansk.
It on the Kola road (M18) from St. Petersburg to Norway. Highway A132 to Norway and P12 to Finland begin in Murmansk.
Airport “Murmansk” is actually in Murmashi, 24km from Murmansk. Daily flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Regular flights to Arkhangelsk, Tromso (Norway), Helsinki (Finland), Turkey, and Egypt.
3-4 direct Moscow to Murmansk trains, more >>
Seventeen registered denominations is and impressive number for a city of less than half a million. They have a Catholic church, Lutherans, Baptists, Jehowa’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostals, and Hare Krishna devotees whatever their official name is. Don’t see such liberties being allowed in the Russian mainland.
Yura, 8 910 846 6538, an engineer from Tver, dropped it all, constructed a cabin out of misc. scraps on the left side of the Volga ~20 miles down from Staritsa.
Guests welcomed but accommodation is as basic – but also as quiet and picturesque – as it gets.
Photos coming up.
SeverTrans (st-msk.com) has been recommended to us by the Kandalaksha people as a cheap and reliable company that serves the northern direction (the cities covered are listed below), and today we brought 100kg of household stuff to their Mytishi (just north-east from Moscow, Yaroslavl road), and for 1000 roubles ($33) they undertook to deliver it to Kandalaksha.