On one of our evenings in town, a group of young men came up to our table after midnight. They were insisted on us buying them a pizza! They were being quite direct about having it and were pleading that they were starving and had no money to get themselves one. Eventhought that story doesn't have a bad ending to it, you do realise that misery and alcohoolism is a quite a problem in the region.
Beware of dog
Some of the biggest dogs I have seen in my life are guard the houses and yards of the settlement's cottages. They are so ferocious that they are attached with a chain to a pole. Some are literally the size of Kodiaks! Well at least they did seem to produce the same noise as one.