Polevskoy

1 Jul

The view from the highest point in Polevskoy, looking over factories and homes in the town of about 67,000 people. Photo by Tree Gore.

 

As the last post was full of words, I decided to give your eyes and heads a bit of a break so not to be too overwhelming.  So instead of another long post about Polevskoy, I will just post a good handful of pictures and explanations, just to change things up a bit.

Last week, we went to Polevskoy home of the entertaining and wonderful Aleksey.  Meeting us at the bus station and taking us on a whirlwind tour of Polevskoy, Aleksey took us to a cafe, museum, viewing points, and to a karate lesson.  Kind of the perfect crash course in any town.  The industry is copper processing, more specifically into making pipes, which are boasted to be the best in the country.  There used to be more industries, but over time they have closed and people have moved to nearby Yekaterinburg.  However, I will be done talking now, and explain the rest with the pictures.

 

 

Monument in the center of town. Photo by Tree Gore

 

 

 

 

Aleksey in his home during an interview about what life is like in Polevskoy where he currently lives with his wife and two children.

 

 

Tanya and Sasha, sitting off to the side during Aleksey's interview. Occasionally they would throw in interesting commentary or act as the peanut gallery. However, they decided off to the side would be the best place during the interview, as they did not want to be in front of the camera.

 

 

Eventually Sasha got tired of the interview and retreated to his room to lie down an entertain himself during the interview. Perhaps here I should have had a second camera filming Aleksey, but sometimes I feel as if I need a camera in each hand for moments like this.

 

 

Sasha is taking a karate class and we got the opportunity to go in and watch the kids from the town practice. From some towns we have been to, it is expressed that if there were a sports center that would help with crime and the moral of the town. Polevskoy has one. I am no judge as to if it is the reason behind a town being full of crime or not, nor do I believe that it can completely free a place of crime. But, at least it gives kids something to do besides drink and get into trouble.

 

 

Aleksey took us to a cafe to talk to the manager. While we waited, we got to witness a wedding. Having never been to a Russian wedding, I am not exactly sure what is custom and what is absurd so I have no foundation to speak about this event on. All I know is there was money being thrown and shoved down this man's back (the groom I am going to assume). I will say I am a fan of that. The cow, on the other hand, I am not so sure I would want him at my wedding. But that is just personal taste.

 

 

Margarita, a worker in the cafe called Glav Obshepeet Глав Общепит

 

 

 

 

Artum, manager of two of Polevskoy's higher end cafes and bars. He got the job by hearing about mis-management through his wife who worked at one and then going in and telling owner he could do it better. He discussed issues with keeping employees because of proximity to Yekaterinburg and the better wages there. His previous career was as a lawyer, but he enjoys the creativity in his new work and doesn't regret the change in career.

 

 

Improv interview with the kind curator of the little Polevskoy museum. With her entire lifetime having been spent there, she was able to tell us of the major industrial changes that have come and gone. At various times there had been a major seamstress center, tank and heavy machinery production, and railroad components manufacturing. Unfortunately, we only got ten minutes of her time though we could have spent an entire afternoon listening to her insights.

 

Unlike any museum I have ever been in, this one was the most fantastic in the sense that there were no rules. If there was an metal iron from early settlements, you were encouraged to try it out. If there was an ancient rock, the curator told you to see if you could lift it. No security guards constantly watching you, no ropes and sensors, just two old women who thought museums should be more interactive.

 

Sasha and I on top on the highest point in Polevskoy.

 

A second view of the town, this time looking over the country side as opposed to the factories. Photo by Tree Gore.

 

4 Responses to “Polevskoy”

  1. Nicole July 4, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    xtine, you look fantastic in that pic with sasha! i am so grateful for this blog as it has been THE best way to keep up on the two of you and your whereabouts 🙂 i love you both dearly and miss you both terribly. keeping you two in my thoughts daily with hopes for good times and safe travels!

    • Christine Armbruster July 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      Nicole, thanks! I’m glad you read it. You are greatly missed over here in Russia. Get ready for the end of August when I come back. We’ll have a celebration.

  2. Kim August 2, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I was so counting on being the cow at your wedding. I really wish you would have told me that before I bought a cow outfit.

    • Christine Armbruster August 4, 2011 at 1:08 am #

      Well… sorry. I guess I could re-consider my decision as you already have the outfit and everything. …

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