Here are a few notes from my BOARD from people who made use of my knowledge of rural and small-town Russia. Follow links to see originals. If contact details are provided you can write to these people. If they are not please don’t unless you have a very specific question, in which case you can only send it through me.
Posted on January 1, 2013 at 03:39:47 PM by Ralph from B-ville
Let me take this opportunity to thank Angel Pasha for very gently and effectively performing for me a very discreet and important personal task.
I fully and without hesitation recommend that if you need someone to act on your behalf not as employee but as a true extension of you talk to this gentleman. The combination of analytic ability, softness, flexibility, brutal honesty bordering on cynicism, sensitivity, and many other normally incompatible and mutually-exclusi
Pasha, I know your skeptical views about Russia. Ironically, you, being a product of this land, are a proof of its value. Privately, I would say you are a an example of a perfectly controlled and adjusted case of split personality. People see in 3D because they have not one but two eyes. You **think** in stereo because you have at least two minds. Thank you and yes, Mother Russia, that can generate such harmonious consistently inconsistent characters. Perhaps you are the closest approximation of an ancient prophet as I understand them.
very belated thank you
Posted on March 8, 2011 at 01:48:55 AM by Kazuko Obata
We are terribly sorry that we didn’t send you this thank you note earlier. The time flies and it is already 9 months since we stayed at your apartment in Moscow. We really enjoyed staying at your place – a great location and set up. We were very lucky to come across your website and find your place. It was great to have our own place with all the facilities in Moscow.
Also, we could not thank you enough for the tour you gave to us. You were so accommodating and we could not have had a better driver and guide. We enjoyed the conversation we had with you, and I wish we had time to have a chat over some vodka! We really liked the bottle of vodka you left in the fridge for us. What sort of vodka was it? (I bet you cannot remember!)
After you left us Sergei Posad, we had a great stay in Rostov Valeiky, Novgorod and St. Petersburg. We would like to go back to Russia one day to see more rural areas, and hopefully we can visit your dacha then!
Hope that we meet you again.
Thank you again, and kind regards,
Kazuko and Rob
A dinner at Uncle Pasha’s
Posted on May 15, 2010 at 04:03:49 AM by Robert and Maria
Paul Voytinsky (aka Uncle Pasha) is a friendly and hospitable Russian gentleman who speaks English fluently. He also happens to be a great chef. A couple of days ago, he invited me and my girlfriend over to try his vegan dishes. He started us off with a filling green salad full of tofu, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts among many others things. It was delicious and spicy. The nice thing is that Paul was explaining to us the ingredients and his flexible cooking procedures–for he is against fixed recipes–while cooking. After a shot of rice vodka, we proceeded to the main course which included a bamboo soup with fried chickpea flour. Highly recommended for every vegetarian gourmet out there in Moscow, but especially for vegans. Even though Paul doesn’t like the label “healthy,” I have found his food to be very healthy. He told me that it’s high in calories. So I told him at least they’re good calories. Yes, Uncle Pasha uses a lot of interesting oils and herbs that render his dishes idiosyncratic. I wish Paul success with his future project of opening a veggie cafe in Moscow.
I have read that Paul is a jack of all trades, so he’s not only an excellent chef… he’s many other things. He’s best known for his humor I suppose.
May 14th, 2010
Wonderful stay at Pasha’s.
Posted on November 22, 2009 at 03:49:46 PM by Janine
We have been meaning to write this review for a while. We are the 4 kiwis who came to stay over new year time four years ago now, 2006/07.
We had a fantastic stay at the Dacha, arrived late one night and Pasha picked us up from the local train station drove us out to the country, where we began our adventure! Crossing the ice river on horseback, horseriding through the snow storms, fabulous food and warming ourselves around the log fires.
Thanks for the great stay we still talk about it even now, definately the best bit of our trip to Russia.
You gave us a bottle of your Maldovian Brandy at the train station when we were departing, we drank that ‘liquid gold’ neat on New Years eve in St Petersburg, it was so good, we have never found another brandy quite like it (and I have been drinking to try!).
Thanks again hopefully we can make it back in the summertime, some time soon.
Janine & Eugene, Anna & Duncan
visit with uncle pasha
Posted on April 14, 2008 at 10:19:27 AM by salleh@aini
after passing my final exams went to visit with the great uncle pasha in tzver ( hope i spelled that right ). he is really an icon. very intelligent , big big heart, warm and generous but in a russian way…
we will never ever forget him and his army of friends…
if you want to visit russia, uncle pasha will shine the light…
god bless this man.
sallehuddin bin abdullah
queen elizabeth hospital
Left on 04/08/2013 for a stay in April 2013
Great property for the price. Certainly not 5 star but works well for independent travellers on a budget. Great location, short walk to the landmarks but in a non touristy neighbourhood. We used the owner Pasha’s services for transportation to airport and train station. He was courteous, punctual and good value for money as he assisted us sort our way through Russian protocols. If i was to return to Moscow I would avail myself of his services for more specialised tours.
Left on 01/24/2012 for a stay in June 2010
This place is very centrally located. You can walk to the Red Square. Yet, the studio was very reasonably priced. It has everything you need, including a washing machine. The owner even left a bottle of vodka (we liked it very much) and some beer for us to drink! There is a good supermarket nearby to buy supplies. It is in a very quiet area. The bed could have been better but it was OK.
We had a driving tour outside of Moscow given by the owner of the studio, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The owner/driver was very accommodating and informative. We could not have had a better driver and guide. We enjoyed the conversation we had with the owner/driver and I wish we had time to have a chat with him over some vodka!
Awesome in every way.
Left on 04/25/2011 for a stay in March 2011
Paul, the owner, who is also known as Uncle Pasha, is very reliable. He took me to and from the airport. He’s a funny, quirky fellow. Because he lived in Canada, he understands Western communication and expectations. There’s no weirdness.
That goes against the stereotype of Russians as “we” and “us”. But your version explains Russian peculiarities such as a strong government that crushes individuals by extreme individualism that makes all these Ivans and Peters and Putins necessary to hold such a patchy nation together! Many extreme I’s create a need for a tyrant to keep them from devouring each other. What a total paradigm shift!
I stumbled on your insightful site while looking for ideas for my Political Science essay. Huge thanks.
It’s me again.
Another surprise. Is it easy to find ingredients for food like this in Russia? I’m sort of required, if I am to take my studies seriously, to do enough time in there to understand how the country works. But a diet of borsch and kasha, kolbasa and pirogies (I am from Ukrainian/Polish/Jewish background and am still a bit traumatized by my grandma’s ways) does not thrill me. Your story makes Russia look much lighter and friendlier from the culinary viewpoint…
Sure, you get more money when you are creative and positive (otherwise known as lying and cheating). Pasha is honest. He tells it as it is. The whole truth, warts and all. If you want comfortable and inexpensive, go to the Caribbean (however Mexico isn’t that expensive, and getting more dangerous every day). The banners showing impalings and hanging are meant to condition you for your trip to Russia. It is part of the charm. And as Pasha says, don’t forget your charcoal tablets. Very good for preventing “metorism”. I can’t wait to return to my small dormitory room near the Volga. Cheers.