Tag Archives: Moscow

Golden Autumn: Russia’s Agricultural Expo

IMG_0437Backdrop for the expo.

IMG_0435A helicopter for dispersing fertilizer and pesticides.

IMG_0509A yurt in the Kazakhstan pavilion. It is covered by layers of felt wool.

IMG_0503This band blended traditional Russian folk music with synthesized beats.

IMG_0436A yurt made out of empty diesel containers.

IMG_0446Hundreds of food vendors were received by eager customers.

IMG_0443Red caviar. By the kilogram.

IMG_0500Honey. Lots of it. Enormous quantities of it can be seen in the metal tanks behind the counter. In Russia it is frequently used for medicinal purposes.

IMG_0498Do you want to get stung by a medicinal bee? This guy will do it for $5. I didn’t risk it but later found out some bee venom is clinically proven to reduce swelling in arthritic joints.

IMG_0497Business men warming up to some award-winning sheep. Note how that ewe is leaning into the caretaker’s leg.

IMG_0495Two women admiring a traditional wool hat and jacket on display by the sheep pens.

IMG_0493Sheep with lots of medals, ribbons and certificates.

IMG_0491A raccoon dog on display as a breeding specimen. Yeah, fur coats are cruel.

IMG_0485A fox, also for breeding.

IMG_0492Nearby, fur products were available for sale.

IMG_0467 Expo staff prevented poop from touching the floor and wiped the cow’s anus with a soft cloth after excretion.

IMG_0465Pretty lady #1.

IMG_0464Pretty lady #2.

IMG_0450Every vendor had a table with tea, sweets, kielbasa and liquor set up for business negotiations. I guess you get a better deal when everyone’s in a good mood!

The Yogic Presense in Russia

IMG_0517A hallway in the Prana Yoga Center off the Barrikadnaya metro stop in Moscow.

IMG_0518Photographs of instructors are gracefully displayed on center walls.

IMG_0522Founder of the center, Michael Galaev.

IMG_0521Studio space.

IMG_0526A cafe in the ayurvedic tradition at the center.

IMG_0524An advertisement for “Our Yoga,” an international two-day conference to take place in November.

IMG_0523A Russian practitioner published this book on Ashtanga Yoga.

IMG_0528A casual Om in the park.

Random Russian Media Clips

IMG_0376A Russian travel magazine with headlines including, “Weddings From Around The World,” “Vladimir Putin: Russia’s Most Unique Treasures,” “The Five Year Old Kind: Parenting in Thailand,” and others.

IMG_0371A Russian travel magazine, “Around the World,” from 1908. A trip to the Middle East is on the cover.


Vogue: Special Edition in Russia. The main headline is “Beauty After Giving Birth: An Ideal Body from Elena Perminova,” with the cover model a mother of three. The magazine focuses on retaining one’s “figure” after birth. Women in Russia, and in Europe, rigidly hold themselves to a fashion model standard.

IMG_0393A breakdown of several types of armed civilians in Ukraine from a magazine akin to the Economist.

IMG_0403An advertisement for a Russian play is a telling example of the contrast between Russia’s czarist history and the modern citizen.

Food and Friends on a Russian Meal Schedule

IMG_0320Croissants, boiled eggs, kielbasa, lavash bread, fruit and of course coffee, make for a semi-traditional Armenian breakfast with Ida and Grachik.


Plums, watermelon, grapes and baked goods are served for lunch by Antonina Vasilievna.


A traditional Armenian lunch at Gala’s house.

IMG_0362Tea time with marmalade, apples and halvah. Just the usual.

IMG_0392Ilya and I grew up together and so did our mothers.  We got together for dinner.


Antonina Vasilevna bakes several times a week. She made a Napoleon cake for dessert.


Fall is apple harvest time in Russia as well. These are all from his own trees at the dacha (vacation home).

Russia’s Rap Revolution: Part II


Underground Details

Meet Me Under The Chandelier

Wait, Which Way Is It?

I Knew She’d Be Late

 Caution! Doors Closing!

Women Dancing On The Ceiling

Commuter Background

To Exit

Residential Graffitti

I Heart Free Press

Arm Yourself Or The Television Screen Will Win!

Звук “Sound”  (This Photograph is Dedicated to Tom Phonic)

I Love Octopi