Nel'min Nos Travel Guide

  • Winter street of Nelmin Nos
    Winter street of Nelmin Nos
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    War memorial
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    Winter amusements
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Nel'min Nos Things to Do

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Come and look at the local kindergarten. I like to see the place where children play and rise up. After children graduate from this they are taken away from their parents to different places around the region. That's because our authorities can't find money to finish the construction of the school. They started it around 15 years ago, but it's still not finished. So, children from this settlement as well as from many other remote settlement have to leave their native places and go either to Naryan-Mar (central boarding school) or to Krasnoe village. Sometimes they see their parents just once a year.

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    To understand what WWII has brought to our country it's important to visit such remote and god-forgotten places as Nelmin Nos. Even here you'll find the War memorial with lot of surnames of those who didn't come back from that war. Those people (mostly Nenets) lived here and during the War participated in combat missions with so-called reindeers' brigades.

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    There are several way to reach Nelmin Nos, depending on the season. Of course the most expensive but most comfortable - to rent a helicopter. But usually people use it only in case of accidences. During the summer you can travel here by big river boat or by small private motor vessels. When visiting Nelmin Nos in winter you can choose snowmobiles (around 80 minutes) or cross-country vehicle. The last also can be of two types - either passenger of cargo. So be careful when prefer cross-country, because in the cargo vehicle it's usually cold and uncomortable inside. On the picture her you see Volodya Toropov - the private owner of cross-country vehicle from Nelmin Nos.

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Nel'min Nos Shopping

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    In rather big settlement like Nelmin Nos there are three private shops. Of course (unfortunately) the most popular good is vodka and other strong drinks.

    What to buy: The main unique feature of local shops which are small like a box - their variety of goods. Here, just at 9 sq.m. you can buy everything you want, starting from bread till funeral wreath.

    What to pay: The prices are little higher than in Naryan-Mar and quality of goods are far from excellent.

    Local customer in the shop
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Nel'min Nos Local Customs

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Wherever you go in the region, you'll always meet mainly gracious people. Even in such a settlement as Nelmin Nos where they really meet many problems in their hard life, people are friendly and very affable hosts. When you come to their home you will be surely offered a cup of tea, even if they don't have enough daily meals.

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Nel'min Nos What to Pack

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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: There might be a problem if you care about your health too much. Local people still (as many centuries ago) use to drink water right from the Pechora river, though it's not so clear as in the past. But they have no choice. I wouldn't say you can get any illness or anything like that, but it's a matter of taste. Some people obviously won't like the taste of Pechora river water. Those who come here can take a bottle of water with them. Here you see a picture of man wearing bucketful of river water.

    Water from mother-Pechora
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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Favorite thing: No more Soviet ideas alive. Now, new times has reached Nelmin Nos. Americanization came even to this remote point on the map. But I ask myself: "what does that bring to these people?... Those "super stars" like Britney Spears and Agent Mulbert.. looking from colorful posters to the doleful and dilapidated walls of the almost-destroyed house... they are new idols for local youth. They brought new ideas.. ideas of happy, rich and careless life somewhere faraway from Nelmin Nos.

    Fondest memory: Again, that youth live their own life, not someone's else. They perhaps don't know who was Lenin, but surely know Leonardo deCaprio. In the future when they grow up, I hope they will save the traditional culture and lifestyle which were taken away from their grand-parents and exchanged onto the Soviet ideas. Yes, new ideas are coming from the modern society, but I hope Nenets people will be able to meet that challenge too.

    New idols in tundra
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    by Naryan-Mar Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you ask me what interesting can I expect to see in Nelmin Nos, I have only one answer - people. This is the only thing which worths to be seen there. There are no architectural attractions, famous historical sights, natural adventures- nothing like that. But if you want to see the Nenets - indigenous people of the Russian North and to understand which way the Soviet authorities treated them during 70 years - then you should go there. Of course you will see many negative features of their modern lifestyle - alcoholism, unemployment, poverty, but.... They are still very friendly and if you visit them once you will get new friends here.

    Nenets grandma with 3 girls
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