Playing the Ice Drums on Lake Baikal A group of Siberian percussionists have become an internet hit with an exhibition of ice drumming on frozen Lake Baikal. In minus 20C, they found by pure chance that the one metre thick ice has a distinctive and haunting rhythm all of its own, reported the Siberian Times. … More Playing the Ice Drums on Lake Baikal
Девчата / Gals Now this is getting fun, how it happens I’m not sure but another fan sent me another Russian movie that I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. But as I watched it I was trying to remember if somewhere in time a movie similar to this was made in the States. I found it, … More When Life was Simpler – Gals were Gals and Brides were Brides
All People Live In It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you – All People live in – These are Folk songs and people’s stories gathered in remote villages of Western Siberia in 2013. After conversing with Andrey he allowed me to present you with some of his work. You can visit his … More The Simple Life – All People live in
As I read the second half of this story my thoughts lead me to think about how we toil and labor sometimes to great lengths to meet our aims. In doing so we miss some of the most important things in life. We will often spend sleepless nights worrying about about things that are simply … More How Much Land Does Man Need – A Story By Leo Tolstoy – Part II
As I read about this story about one man’s lust for land I began to recount my own ventures for more, the more that never quite fills my pockets. I began to reflect on what is truly important and my quest to fulfill this in my life. See Russia begins to change you if you … More How Much Land Does a Man Need – A Story By Leo Tolstoy
Peaceful, calm, tranquil, and serene We have a word in Russian, “спокойный” which means quiet, peaceful, calm, tranquil, and serene. It is with this small sampling of words that begin to describe the countryside. Just like traveling into the rural areas of America something changes. The hustle and bustle of the city streets no longer … More So What’s the Russian Countryside Like?
Deep in the psyche of ever man Photo by: Thomas Goisque The empty spot in our souls. Deep in the psyche of ever man (and woman) is the desire to find peace and a bit of solitude. If we don’t feed this primal nature in some way there will forever be an empty spot in … More From Paris to Lake Baikal – Living the Simple Life
Kupala Night Kupala Night is one of the most joyous Slavic traditions in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and other Slavic countries. It’s a celebration of fire, water, the Sun and the Moon. It’s a time of bumper crops, fertility, and love for all who join in the festivities. They began as pagan celebrations that date back … More Night of a Thousand Lights – Kupala
Could “YOU” live without your TV? Could “YOU” live in the Middle Ages? Fifty miles outside of Moscow, Pavel Sapozhnikov, 24, from the same city made the decision to do just that. In what started as a social experiment turned into an eight month grueling ordeal. He made the decision to live like his ancestors … More So you want to be a Medieval Hermit, do you?
The Simple Life I knew that coming to Russia I would learn a lot. Many of these things are easy to understand as Kazan is a modern city. We have access most everything we need here, from convenience stores on every corner (run and owned by locals) to our Mega Mall that’s 15 minutes away … More The simple “Life in Russia”
The True Russian Heart Hospitality is a great Russian virtue. Russian hospitality is known all over the world. Russian people are glad to welcome its guests and care of them as if they were relatives. An invitation to a Russian’s home is a real treat and education into the true meaning of hospitality. Visit a … More The True Russian Heart
What does it take to live alone in the wilderness? There has always been a mystique to surviving in the wilderness, deep within the soul is a need, a great desire to make it despite the odds. In the America‘s Henry David Thoreau spent two years in the woods to experience the simple life. In … More The Wilderness Journey
In the United States, some of the earliest color photographs were made by the FSA-OWI and showed the country in the depression era and pre-war years. It’s easy to think that these might be the earliest color images in photographic history, but some 20 years before the likes of Dorethea Lange and Walker Evans began … More The Reel Foto: Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky: The Glory that was the Russian Empire
As we can see the Russian Banya is loved by every culture far and wide, the question is why is there such an attraction? In Russian folklore there is a story that the banya was inhabited by a spirit known as Bannik. Bannik was said to have the ability to predict the future. If one … More So what’s all the fuss about a “Russian Banya”