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A Day Trip to Teriberka

42 Kilos to Teriberka

After a short cold walk around the hotel in the morning, the first full day in Murmansk was a drive to Teriberka (Териберка) to see Arctic Ocean. That wasn’t just long but also plain white and full of snow. And it was worth the ride.

The trip was almost scrapped because of the weather. The snow could block the road and we would waste three hour of driving there for nothing. The guide gave us a choice to Snow Village instead. However, we decided to stick with it and took the risk. We were glad for that decision.

View outside the Van

Along the road, we hardly see anything clearly outside the van even the sun. However, the sight of tundra landscape in the snow just kept us excited. There were shrubs on the side, hills behind, and some manmade cabins every now and then. They were all gray contrasting with the pale white snow. Other than that, the only colorful things on the road were the reflective sticks to mark the edges of the road.

More importantly, it didn’t feel we were in danger being in the van driven in the condition. We made two stops for photos: the road sign and somewhere with a snow wall. There, when we got out of the van, I grabbed the DSLR camera and got some shots of the spots to fulfill my photographic need.

It was still snowing in Teriberka when we arrived. At first glance, what stroke my attention were abandoned houses. According to the guide, the population was 500 because they had moved to Murmansk. Somehow, there weren’t as many abandoned houses in snowy town as we’d seen in urban or desert area. I wanted to take photos more of those houses but we had to move on.

We got on a sleigh with a snowmobile (not reindeers, unfortunately) to get to Arctic Ocean. The ride wasn’t far but rough with the wind and snow. But once we reached the shore, what we saw made it all the ride we’d done, long and rough, worth it. It was a slight feeling of being on top of the world. When I was done with photos, the guide told me that was warm for them at 0-1°c. I could only imagine when it was really cold.

Arctic Ocean

When we took a sleigh back, I was starving, so were the others. We had to walk to the only restaurant in Teriberka for the late lunch. That gave me a good chance to explore the town along the walk. What I found were more than abandoned houses. There were more of lively buildings along the walk including a new one.

To wrap up the day trip, the van dropped us off at the entrance to Aurora Village, where we would stay a night. It was halfway back to Murmansk. The snow finally stopped. While we were waiting for a FWD to pick us up to the cabin, the sky was cleared up. And we had time to just hang around on the road. Sunrays showed up for the first time in the day. And it summed it all.

 

Wrapping up Travel 2014

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Tickets

Liberty Theatre

On the trip to Yass, Pia Waugh took us to this Art Deco venue, Liberty Theatre. Her parent bought it to renovate and make it active for the town again. We were also told that this place was often used as a wedding reception. That gave us the impression that it must have been very significant the community.

At the moment a local drama group uses it and the ground floor foyer is converted into a gift shop. Whereas the upper level foyer is the store room and upper seating needs a lot of work to do. The most amazing thing is the control room which has no electricity. The only light source is from the windows which illuminate like stained glass. It is beautiful and creepy at the same time.

Liberty Theatre

Fidelity

Chair

Black out

Unwired

Shadow

It reminded me how the landscape of social entertainment changed. For examples, Thai folk theatres, Likay, are struggling for a living, let alone conserving the craft or old cinemas are abandoned in Southeast Asia. The world seems to be moving on too fast that we neglect to look back.

Road Trip to Yass

Stilgherrian was on a mission to Yass to interview Pia Waugh for special Ada Lovelace Day. Nick Hodge drove us there and to Canberra for Microsoft’s Politics and Technology Forum. While we are catching up with Pia and Jeff Waugh, Kate Carruthers joined us for lunch and a little tour around town. It was a lovely afternoon. I will post photos of Liberty Theatre Pia took us to soon.

Road Trip Live

Court House

Guard

Truck

Furnishing the Town

Old Railway Bridge

Under the Bridge

Three Witches

Road to Cowra

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We are going to Cowra, a small town in Central West of New South Wales to film a short documentary for Video Construction class work at COFA. This seems to be an over commitment for a student but I believe that the project we are working on is very significant. It is about providing an education in a remote area and how children’s learning in a constructive environment. Stay tuned for details.