Author: Nell Rakhimova

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New Year's with the Nenets of the Russian Arctic

New Year's with the Nenets of the Russian Arctic

New Year’s with the Nenets of the Russian Arctic There are places on the Earth where winter lasts almost 9 months. Yar-Sale is one of them. Located above the Arctic Circle, it is a small town with population about 5,000 people. It’s the administrative center of Yamal Region, which occupies the whole Yamal Peninsula. It was founded in 1927 by Soviets. In 1932 it became the administrative center in order to the Nenets, nomads who live there. In the Nenets language, Yar-Sale means “Sandy Point” as it is located on a sand island surrounded by endless marshy tundra. My...

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Photo of the Week: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Brasil In March, 2010 I went to Rio de Janeiro for a UN conference. Not without reason this city is so often selected for world meetings. I spent about one week there, staying with a couchsurfer at Jardim Botânico District. The district got its name as it grew around the city’s world-famous Botanical Garden, which is very beautiful as I could see from the bus window. I did not have much time to behave as a real tourist in this city, however I found one day to walk from Jardim Botânico to Copacabana district, which is famous mostly because of its...

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Photo of the Week: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Italy The Cinque Terre or The Five Lands are five villages in the Liguria region of Italy: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. I recently visited two of them, Manarola and Riomaggiore, during a short vacation in Tuscany and Liguria. These towns are incredible; they have a special atmosphere of small medieval seaside settlements that have kept their historical face because of the surrounding mountain landscape. Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, but cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre is also famous for the vineyards that surround each town which is...

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The Forgotten Capital of Siberia: Tobolsk Russia

 The Forgotten Capital of Siberia: Tobolsk Russia Tobolsk is an average Russian town located in the middle of the western Siberian plain. It used to be the capital of the whole of Siberia until the 20th century when the Trans-Siberian railway was built just south of here, when Tolbolsk reverted to being a small provincial town. Nevertheless, Tobolsk remains an historic capital of Siberia and one of the most beautiful cities for those interested in Russian architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Architecture here has a particular style that you cannot find in the European part of Russia....

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Photo of the Week: Öresund Bridge

Photo of the Week: Öresund Bridge The Öresund Bridge connects Denmark and Sweden, crossing from Copenhagen to Malmo to form the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. You can enjoy this view from the Swedish side in Malmo by walking along Western Harbor which is famous for being a 100% renewable energy neighborhood. It takes only 35 minutes to cross the bridge by train, enjoying views of the strait with numerous wind turbines that are lined up like a formation of soldiers. Text and photo by Nell Rakhimova Submit your photo of the week to be featured at GoMad Nomad!  Send a photo with...

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