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One more difficult problem of a rest in the Crimea was a problem of accommodation. Hotels, rest houses and sanatoria as a rule were overcrowded. I think less than a half of all visitors had a rest there.
The most part had been compelled to have a «wild rest». The way of a rest when the place for accommodation was searched directly during the moment of your arrival to a resort had such a name. Locals offered to visitors so-called "kojko-mesto (bed-place)". This word-combination is difficult for translating in English. It is not a separate chamber, not a room, and only a bed in a place which was difficult to name a room. Local residents equipped such premises for a summer season so that probably a lot having a rest people would located there.
And it was our happiness if it was possible to find such a place! A price of such a "bed-place" varied and depended of a season from 1 ruble in 1960-th up to 4 rubles in 1980th (to compeer with - an average monthly salary in the USSR was 100 rubles in 1960-th and 200 rubles in 1980-th).
Written Feb 19, 2007
So it is clear that 10 million persons within three months besieged the Southern coast of the Crimea trying to have a rest from long Russian winter and heavy work. It is possible to imagine (for former Soviets, but not for other people) how resorts of the Crimea looked like during these summer months!
The amount of people having a rest exceeded the amount of local population more than in 10 times! To have a place on a beach it was necessary to occupy this place early in the morning. The sea raged from thousands people who violently searched even some square meters of a free surface.
And it was our happiness! It's difficult to believe but it was so!
Updated Feb 19, 2007
Naturally this tip is not about customs of the Crimea but about customs of the former USSR. But without understanding of these customs it is difficult to understand what Crimea means for millions Russians (former Soviets). Till 1992 people of the USSR lived behind the "Iron Curtain".
But as well as in all other world people every year went on leave and wished to have a rest on a beach of a warm sea. Such a warm sea in the USSR actually was only one - the Black sea. This sea happens to be really warm (with temperature of water above 20C) only several months in a year from July till September.
In the USSR lived about 250 million persons. About 25 million persons on a regular basis went by the sea. Which sea? Certainly - the Black sea. Therefore there were two alternatives of a sea tour - may be the coast of the Northern Caucasus (Great Sochi), may be - the Southern coast of the Crimea (Great Yalta).
The amount people having a rest on these two Soviet resorts was approximately identical, can be - hardly more in the Caucasus. Therefore it is possible to estimate approximately in figure of 10 millions of health-resort visitors from the whole USSR on the Southern coast of the Crimea annually. For all these people the Crimea was a particle of their life, and most pleasant life during summer holiday! All these people dreamed to go to the Crimea and swim in the Black sea.
I was among them and visited the Crimea 5 times: in 1961, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1980... And it happened again in 2007 only 27 year after the last visit...
Written Feb 19, 2007
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