The History Square. The Dam
It is the very site of the former famous iron-making works of Ekaterinburg. And the white buildings under the roofs of green – in olden days they used malachite-based paints – are the authentic walls of a 19th century works.
After World War 2 Soviet authorities wanted to demolish the old walls, but their strength that baffled all expectations and the solicitation on the part of citizens prevented the fulfillment of the plan. Thus the old works has found and had, as it were, its way into the very heart of the present-day city.
Aviashow in Uktus airport
On the third weekend of August there is a so called day of the city in Yekaterinburg. This is a festival with lots of interesting things going on around the town. One of the events that most of the tourists miss is an aviation show that takes place in a small Uktus airport. If the weather is good, several thousands of local gather on the airport to watch various plains and helicopters show interesting things in the sky. The entrance is free, but unless you have a special pass, you'll have to drop you car several kilometers away and walk to the field. This is due to the fact the airport is too small and there is no place to park for so many cars.
The show usually starts on Sunday at 10am and lasts until about 4pm.
To get to the airport you need to go south from Yekaterinburg (route to Chelyabinsk) and follow Uktus airport sign in about 10 km after you leave the city.
City views (4)
monument to the founders of the city, Vassily Tatiscev, and Wilhelm de Gennin
Young people usually call them "Beavis and Butthead" .... it's quite a recent monument, and it seems it's not very apreciated :-)
My life in the sticks
"this was my life in artyomvski"
So I have been back in Artyomvski and Yekaterinburg. It was a short trip, only 9 days, but it was good to bee back and see all the people I have know for such a long time. I realised not much had changed, and luckily the people had not either, they where still warm and hospitable.
We did stay in a hotel this time, the onley one in Artyomvski, no breakfast, but a clean very simple room, with hot water, and a tv ( what not worked) we did go to some other places to Nevyansk.
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I did life in Artyomvski, see below, I have been home ( the netherlands) now since april 2003, and I hate being back
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I do not life in ekat but in artyomvski
I work for the VSO in a school and for the education for and I have been here for 17 months and I will be leaving in april. Yhe VSO, is a Volenteer Organistion who sends proffesional peole abroud to sheare their skills. But here in russia they are closig down in March 2003.
That means for me going home, after spending a great time here. i am working for the education department here, and i am working with kids with behavouit and learning difficulties
Artemovsky is a former mining vilage, and it was named after his leaders Artem
Until the90s sverdlovsk oblast wan an area of industrials an military development. as such it has sufferd much as a result of the changes to the economy under peredtroika and the collapese of the SU. Currently there is a high unemployment and many of those in work have been not paid for many months. pensions are also in arrears
there has been a sharp fall in incomes in the region since the early 90s with a further fall after the crisis in 1998.This particully felt within vulnerable groups as elderly people and young children
The urals has problems typical for many other regions of Russia.
Artymovski is a small town wich has not been exposed to many contacts with forneigers. Even after pererstroika it is not a popular destination for for foreigners.
Weather wise it can be cols, -40 is almost normal, but a average 0f -20 is really normal, and yes I am speaking about the winter. The summer is very short. On the first of may suddenly the first leaves apear on the trees, and then witn in a couple of weeks, it is a explosin of green. And then half way of august you can smell the autumn in the air.
what can I tell you more, i love it here, some times it is difficult, because I am the only forneigner here, and almost ebery one knows me, but that is a pre too. I have to speak russian and sometimes miss contact with dutch or english speaking people, but when i can I will go to Ekat
I do have to ekat regular though, cause when i need money I can not get it here, so i have to travel 120 km to Ekat to get my momey, sometiems a drag, but it is nice to be in a bif town once in a while. I will meet other expats and go to pubs and just wonder about, some times I will go for a day and sometimes I will go for a couple of days. But when ever you have change to get outside the big city just doo, the most towns do have hotels, and often very cheap. i know Artyomvski has one, and it cost 80 roubles a night. And if the local peole find out you are there, you will apear on t.v and in the local newspaper, and peole will take out for meals, so my advice is, get out the big citeis and start seeing the smaller towns. DO IT NOW