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When you find out there is a pond here, you will feel like bathing, especially on a hot summer day.
We went to the pond in the afternoon and saw there were very few people bathing there: only some seasonal residents who have datchas there. They didn't seem to care about the bottom covered with silt. I would. Therefore we decided not to take any risk and just to stand on the beach and do some people watching.
There is a table on the beach where you can sit and have a picnic.
I saw some local children bathing on the opposite shore. I am sure they know "a cleaner place", although I doubt if there is any.You can watch my short video of the old pond here.
You can hear Gregory's voice at the end. He says,"There used to be lots of geese and ducks here, but now there is none..."
Unique Suggestions: After you pluck up your courage and dive into the old pond, run to your local friends' house and take a shower.
Ira, Lena's daughter, told us it was the way the local bathe in the pond.
Fun Alternatives: Why not simply sit on the beach?
People watching is what we did at the beach, although I had swimming pants with me and intended to bathe there. Upon seeing the water I decided not to.
There is a table on the beach where you can merely sit, have a picnic and enjoy the views.
Updated Oct 17, 2010
Luggage and bags: I had two bags with me with all the stuff I needed.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The soil is sandy, so tennis shoes are OK here.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take whatever you might need with you, do not leave anything behind.
It's a very rural area of Russia and you might not be able to buy what you need here.
Toilet paper is a good idea.
Photo Equipment: I had my digital camera Samsung ES25 and I wishes I had a handicam there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you intend to bathe, take your bathing suit with you.
A good mountaineering rope attached to your rucksack would be a good idea.
Carrying a rope would enable you to tie up a tipsy hooligan if need be...
Miscellaneous: a torch is a must here since there are no street lights and you might have to go out at night.
Updated Mar 19, 2012