Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 February 2016

6 February 2016. Here’s the Old-Timey Russian Answer to Dayquil… BABA KNOWS…

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Wanna get rid of that cold? Do one or all of these:

  • Breathe deeply over a steaming-hot pot of boiling potatoes
  • Eat raw garlic and onions
  • Go to bed, cover yourself with an electric blanket set on high (this is the 21st century, after all), and snuggle up with the cat
  • Shake some black pepper into a shot of vodka and power it down

Now, don’t bother me with this-or-that scientific study… Baba KNOWS… that does end the discussion…


Thursday, 26 November 2015

26 November 2015. Happy Thanksgiving From Us to You

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Dozhinki (Harvest Thanksgiving) celebration in Belarus


Today is American Thanksgiving… the rest of the world already had Thanksgiving… usually, it occurs around the Harvest (as it does in Canada, occurring in October). That’s so that events can take place outdoors; people set up tables in the yard and feast outside. It’s a festival of thanks for the harvest, so people take the first-fruits to the church for blessing (and distribution to the poor afterwards). Thanksgiving didn’t begin with the English Puritans… it’s an ancient and venerable holiday, known to all peoples.

Have a wonderful day with your family and friends…


Thursday, 26 February 2015

26 February 2015. Taking the Snow Fort… An Established Part of Maslenitsa Fun




One of the established parts of Maslenitsa fun is the storming of the snow fort. Here’s part of this year’s bash.


Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. The “Quiet Hunt”… That be “Mushrooming” for Them Not in the Know…

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Mushrooming in Ivanovo Oblast


Russians are PASSIONATE about mushrooms… we love ’em! No, we LOVE ‘EM! Any which way we can get ’em, and any which way you care to prepare ’em, most Russians are the head of the queue when it comes to mushroom appreciation. If you go mushrooming, ya gotta wear yer grubbies and your rubber wellies… no two ways about it! Use a wicker basket to carry your prizes… if you use plastic bags, they turn into undifferentiated goo. This is the most popular “hunt” in Russia, hands down… them griby be Good Eats…


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