Life in Russian Village: Our Journey to the Rural Russia
What is the daily life in the rural Russia? How the traditional Russian village still looks like? This is a very popular questions among the foreign travelers. This August we visited a small Russian village located in the middle on nowhere that is just 250 km from Moscow.
Read our story! It tells how to travel only 200 km from Moscow and find the Rural Russia!
The road was very long… about 4 hours of driving the highway with numerous cars and tracks. Russia is famous worldwide by its awful roads, so tourists coming to Moscow are always surprised by amazing highways and multi-level interchanges. After 2 hours of fast-driving, we finally turned from to the small and lonesome asphalt road.
There were almost no cars, just trees, trees, and trees. Such roads go on for thousands of miles in Russia. Most of the time it seems that no one lives in this country! Only rare buses reminded us about remote Russian villages that are invisible from the road.
As usual, being quite hungry we visited a café not so far from Moscow. It was extremely good with a playground for children, new plates and furniture, tasty and cheap dishes. How have we found it? Just checked the Yandex maps for cafes with good reviews! It’s not so easy to find, because there are not so many reviews for godforsaken places, but if you find it, do not hesitate, go!
Finally, we turned from this long and lonesome road to the even smaller one that was full of potholes and had no cars at all. After 200 km of highways... we found the real Russia
We crossed the river and drive several kilometers more when we suddenly reached the village... I always wonder why people settled in such places a hundred years ago? Have they dreamed of building another thriving city? Anyway, it seems that Mother Nature has won, slowly vanquishing the tiny village and futile efforts of its dwellers.
It was small but nice with a several large wooden houses located in the distance from each other. People in the villages respect their own private space. Fortunately, there’s so much space in Russia that it’s not difficult to have it.
Moreover, it's definitely difficult to take care of it! The grass feels great in the summer growing so fast that you spend several days a month just cutting it off. Trees scatter their branches on miles away, so you need to cut them and burn as well. Birches need only several years to turn the abandoned field into the forests.
Our friend’s parents live in this village for many years. Once they were typical city dwellers with good educations and jobs. Then they moved to rural Russia just to have their own house, livestock, and garden. They wanted to live closer to nature. To be closer to real life.
When you pass their nice wooden fence, you get inside the flourishing little garden. Actually, it’s not little! But branches of trees, a pops of grasses and flowers, and vegetable patches leave only a few space for a human being. Mother Nature made her way through the fence.
There were also animals everywhere! Joyful dogs barked at the duck that was standing on the terrace looking at the kitten that was hiding in the corner because of the dogs and watching his relaxed mother cat drinking the milk. A harmony as it is!
- We plan to make a big winter Tour from Moscow to Baikal for 1-2 months by car in 2020-2021.
We will visit many cities and villages on our way there to see the real Russia as well as make a wonderful journey in Baikal region with visiting many non-touristic sites. Do you want to join? Email us!