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Russian Oddities

Each trip is unique, but almost every country I travelled to I noticed something truly unique. this  “Oddities” can be a certain dish, a tradition, clothing, wildlife, flowers, hair do anything.  For Russia I find those worth mentioning:

Russian outdoor holiday wear

Without generalizing too much, camouflage jump suits are the VERY popular among Russians when they are outdoors.  Rubber boots and a cushioned pad wrapped around the hips are must-have  accessories.

Elena in perfect outdoor outfit during our trip to Itruup

 

Russian tourist in typical vacation outfit at breakfast buffet

In Vladivostok I was struck by talking traffic lights, when crossing a street. I don’t know what they said, but I felt stunned.

 

Well-tended Vegetable gardens were  a common sights. Not only in the country side, even in small towns large plots of potatoes, cabbage, onions etc can be found right next  to apartment buildings.

Vegetable Garden in Kurilsk, Iturup Island

 

Containers with tiny windows selling anything from bread to toys are another favorite oddity of mine. I especially love those  with little pedestals that allow children to talk to the lady inside.

Containers with tiny windows selling anything from bread to toys

 

Every town is travelled to I noticed that shops often where not at street level  but could only be reached via stairs that seemed to have been added. The mystery behind it, in former times the shops were apartments, but since renting a shop brings more money at than a flat on street level

The reason why shops are often not at street level  is that in former times they were apartments.

 

Foods in Russia is being weighed. Restaurant menu always give the price per weight, even ice-cream is not excepted. This young lady in a park in Kharbarosvk took her job very serious.

Food, also ice-cream is sold per weight. This young lady in a park in Kharbarosvk took her job very serious.

 

Elderly ladies selling food or other staff along the road. A common sight in rural areas but also in cities

Elderly ladies selling food or other staff along the road.

 

In Russia modern gadgets are applied in very practical way. The first time I saw somebody speaking INTO a phone in order to translate Russian into English was in Siberia. Another first time was in a restaurant in Yuzhno-Sakhalin, a multi-lingual menu on an iPad.

Receptionist in Kurilsk/Iturup is talking to me via her mobile phone translator

 

Mushroom-like clouds wrapped around the top of a volcano. This phenomenon can be see around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka under special weather conditions

Mushroom-like clouds wrapped around the top of a volcano near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka

Public busses in Russian town often have an female conductor and little curtains 

Curtains dangling from the ceiling are a must in city busses

Okay, bears are not unique or Russia, but the amount of salmon eating bears on Kuril Lake is so special it simply needs to be part of my “oddities” session.

Salmon eating bears on Kuril Lake/Kamchatka

 

 

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