It is May Day and another extended holiday has arrived in this central Siberian region of Russia, going right on through to Victory Day on May 9th. The rapidly advancing urban landscape gives way to primitive countryside villages, then to rolling steppe and finally to white birch forests. I am visiting my wife’s family’s dacha, enjoying the peace and plenty of the wilderness, and the unrefined naturalness of the surrounding terrain. The noise and commotion of the city is well behind me.
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