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.


Novopodrezkovo flea market in Khimki. Photos, comments.

How we went there as sellers
a couple of weeks later >>

Finally, here is the promised set of images, made by Alexandra, with my comments.

General view. One serious dealer has a whole makeshift barn to himself. Privileged traders are in stalls. In the outer reaches there traders who sell from cars. Poor babushkas just spread their wares on the ground.


Your last chance to sign up for “Winter is the Soul of Russia”

The next few days is probably your last chance to sign up for a Winter is the Soul of Russia” (c) trip with elements of Misery Tourism” (c).

And dead season, when I can offer my time cheap is nearly over too. Gold Ring, Moscow to St. Petersburg, or a trip to Staritsa along the Old Riga road. It can even be done camping style to save you a bundle on hotels and restaurant meals, and of course to make it more of an “experience”. MORE>>

Street living. A place to clean up in the very center of Moscow.

Whatever the reason you find yourself left on the street. Not being a street living natural you still insist on daily personal hygiene. There are showers in the basement of GUM east side of Red Square. 600 roubles ($20) to access them. From what I hear pretty civilized and comfortable. Once in GUM look for signs to “Исторический туалет” (“historical toilet”).

Camper parking in or very close to Moscow

In Sokolniki park, highly recommended if they open up this season: In English!

A compilation of resources in campers and equipped campgrounds:

A campground just north-east from Moscow:, + 7 916 117-3313. 

A campground near Sergiev Posad, on the Torbeyevo lake:, +7 495 857-3611.

All but Sokolniki cater the the local market and may not be able to easily interact with non Russian speakers.

Just a reminder that a camper can be rented from me by qualified clients. I can also arrange camping trips around Gold Ring or between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Under $300/month room report, central

Metro Kropotkinskaya! 8000 roubles (under $300) per month. Even WiFi. The rest is ugly. Foreigners MUST speak Russian so I will not bother translating the report just received. The exact address is 15 Kursovoy pereulok. See but I’ve been warned not to take photos seriously. It is a dump that caters migrant workers from former Soviet republics. Lots of smoke and other pollutants. Scary toilets. Interested? See below. MORE>>

Orthodox Church with services in English

Unlike most Orthodox churches this one subordinates to the American Patriarchate, not the Moscow one beset with scandals so silly that I have difficulty attributing them to human stupidity or malice but am instead inclined to see an evil mind of universal scale behind stories of which the Pussy Riot scandal is but one. I thought Satan was pretty clever when he brought the Catholic empire down by cleverly leveraging a few instances of priests groping and having intercural sex with altar boys to bring the whole enterprise down. But here, in the Orthodox territory, he outdid himself! But St. Catherine’s belongs to a saner American branch. Their site seems to be fully bilingual. Look for a small button in the to right corner to switch into English. The address is Bolshaya Ordynka 60/2.

St. Catherine’s on Bolshaya Ordynka is on my list of establishments to be visited. Suitable company welcomed.

Apartment to rent from the webmaster. Zamoskvorechye, on the canal, minutes to Red Square, $120/night or less. Ideal for two, sleeps 3-4 easily, computer, internet, WiFi, AIR, etc. etc., even a bicycle! Quiet and safe. Best price guaranteed: find something comparable in the area and I’ll match the rate and offer you a further discount. MORE >>