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I was born and grew up in Tambov. I visit this place each time I come here. It’s an orthodox chapel “of the new martyrs” at a local cemetery. It has amazing mosaics all over the front and the back

Tambov Zoo

Tambov Zoo

I am not normally an animal lover. I like animals, but I don’t normally have emotional attachment to them. Today, however, something changed. We went to the Zoo in Tambov. Seeing in what condition the animals were there, kind of bugged

Russian Thoughts


I am in Russia. I am on a father-and-daughter trip to Tambov, to spend two weeks with my father. I’ve started collecting materials for my book. There many things that happen in my family in the past. From being imprisoned for a

Where is my cheap cup of coffee?

Domodedovo Airport

Domodedovo Airport (DME), Moscow, Russia. Just paid 219 Roubles for another extremely average cup of coffee. 219 Roubles is $11 AUD. They don’t even have a what we call “flat white”. If you want it white, you have to buy

The village of my forefathers

Lyciye Gory

Lysye Gory. Back in 1800-1900s my Grandparents  had the only brick house in the village. They were farmers and had horses. The church in the photo was probably the place an orthodox priest made a record of my mother’s birth

Russian brides for everyone!


Here are some more photos from Russia – from Moscow and Tambov. A few things still amaze me here, like the size of bilboards (ads), price of a cup of coffee ($7-$10), bereaucracy filled with indifference and other stuff like

What part of Russia are you from?

Tambov, Russia

I am in Russia. The Great Russian Federation. For those who like asking the “What part of Russia you are from?” – it’s Tambov. Here it is, on Google maps. View Larger Map Arriving here I switched into a “home”

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