Horse riding near Staritsa, Tver region

Horse riding in the Upper Volga hills near Staritsa, Tver region >>

I am no longer actively involved with the project but things seem to be doing quite well without me.


Blood letting

Yes, this barbaric but sometimes effective method is still practiced and is available to the connoisseur of local peculiarities. Not as widespread as leaches though (see Leeches) which are entirely part of the mainstream. You’d need to go to the Muslim community for that. No, I will not publicly share the details for the fear of bringing trouble onto the practitioner but if you are interested I’ll provide the details. 

Guides with a twist has been called to my attention with a proposal that I list my Moscow the Ugly tour there. The resource lists “alternative” guides in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Kiev. Examples of tours:

food, flea markets, Metro, 1917 revolution, Dostoyevsky, cycling, vestiges of the Soviet era, vodka drinking, banya, churches, urban decay, village life, architecture, roof walking, poets, daily living etc. etc. etc.

Nearly all of these guides speak English. French is the second most common language.

Suppose I will sign up with with my

      • Winter is the Soul of Russia (c)
      • Russian Misery Tourism (c)
      • camping trips
      • horse riding
      • small towns and villages
      • churches, monasteries, and other from of escapism
      • Russian north
      • budget tourism
      • Etc. etc.

If any of the above are close to what you are looking for check my

Второе дыхание – Second Wind

2nd_windSecond Wind is still around and probably now qualifies as a cultural heritage site.

So I’m opening a separate page dedicated solely to this time warp.

It is behind Metro Novokuznetskaya. Open from 10am, when a lone alcoholic may wonder in for a hair of that dog. Full of rough looking men from 5-8pm.  Closes at 9pm I think.

Second Wind is generally acknowledged by connoisseurs of anti-glamour as the dirtiest and stinkiest of Moscow’s low-life drinking establishments. Standing room only. Hole in the floor toilet. Smoking permitted and expected. A classic.

Here is a true-to-life set of photos of Second Wind >>

My favourite places to eat and drink are here >>