Today it is Sunday, December the 6th, 2019, here in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Siberia. Here, and all over Russia and other Orthodox Church religious sites worldwide, according to the Orthodox Church calendar, today is the day before Christmas, or Christmas Eve Day. As it turned out, today was one very busy day for me.

I got up with absolutely no plans on my calendar. I planned to work on posts and to catch up with myself in general. I was up but I had not yet eaten breakfast. I had (luckily) published yesterday’s post here on dot.net and was calmly and methodically working on yesterday’s blogspot post JAN 5, 19. Suddenly, at somewhere around 11am, Mike dashed into my room with absolutely no warning and said, “A car is coming to pick us up in 30 minutes!”

I immediately stopped working on the blogspot post and, unfinished, published it. Then I washed up.  There IS NO WAY that I am going to dash out of here having been given absolutely no advanced warning, for anyone, without having washed up and eaten! So I washed up. Then I ate a full breakfast. Then I methodically got ready for the cold outside.

Our waiting car just had to wait! And Andrey calmly did just that.

And out and off the three of us went. First I had Andrey take me over to snap some daylight exterior photos of the restaurant where Mike and I enjoyed a meal last night after my major drama at the super market was finished ..

Below is a photo of its name. ШашλыкоFF

Its name in English is : ShashlykoFF.

Now that you can see its most unusual name, a combination of letters from the Russian cyrillic, Greek and English alphabets, you will recognize its exterior in the two photos below.

To get the above two photos, I snapped fourteen photos so this was a fifteen minute stop. Believe this or not, to snap these exterior photos of the ШашλыкоFF restaurant was the number one top priority of my day today. I will be doing a Trip Advisor post and had not gotten exterior photos yesterday evening. So as the three of us set off, I’d mentally decided that I would do this photo shoot ahead of, and before, anything that had been planned (with absolutely no consultation on my part ) for my day!


IF you are current, and up to date, here on dot.net, you know that on Monday, January 14th, Mike and I are heading to Novosibirsk to spend two weeks carrying the message that I’ve been given and trusted to carry.



When the three of us pulled up at the Krasnoyarsk Railway Station I knew what was up. We were going to get our train tickets and have the details thereof all settled.

Well That Is That says babakaps!

Now what?

Off to do a photo shoot of Vladimir Lenin’s Monument here in Krasnoyarsk.

Now what?

Off to do a photo shoot of Prince Ivan and the Gray Wolf.

As far as I know, to the best of my ability to remember, in our history we do not have such rich folk lore stories such as the below one that they have here in their civilization, one many centuries older than ours and perhaps far richer than ours.

Below is a link to the story of Prince Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf.


The above photo shoot was a 30 minute affair. I shot a lot more than the above four photos.

A meeting.


The above photo shoot of the VICTORY MONUMENT lasted about 45-minutes, out in the cold. It was a major photo shoot.

And I wondered why, when I got home and collapsed into bed to rest, “Why am I so tired?”

Smiles .. Cap and Patti


  1. Patti Boone

    I can certainly see how not knowing from one 30 minute time to the next would be somewhat disconcerting. Glad you took the time to eat, dress properly for the cold, and BE READY before you walked out the door. It IS good that you have the train tickets for you and Mike all settled, and that you got to see and photograph some of the sites. The link about the wolf was entrancing. WOW! Learning so much through these Siberia posts!! Love, Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Prince Ivan and the Gray Wolf. I knew that you of all would perk up and read the link. Deep and enmeshing and complex several centuries ago? I, the master of getting up and going quickly, seem able to do so but it is not, as I see it, necessary to have me in the dark so much. I DID get properly prepared for the lengthy outing that I was not expecting. It IS good to have the train reservations settled for sure .. Much Love .. Cap

  2. Daniel Boone

    Hi Cap,
    Merry O-Christmas! Love all these pics you are posting– I’m not sure what I thought Siberia looked like (dark, gray, icy, empty), but I never would have imagined it to be how your pictures show it. The big question from the pictures on the blogspot: Did you go down the slide?!?

    I hear your fame is spreading next to the 3d largest city in Russia– can an interview on Russian television be far behind? Whatever you are doing, it seems to be what Siberia wants! Bravo…

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Me too Danny. Tents or Gers and freezing cold with nothing but snow to see as you gaze out upon the barren landscape. That’s how I was picturing Siberia. Instead what do I get? I get some very nice upscale restaurants with Trip Advisor ratings no less!

      NO as in NO way did I go down the Ice Slide. Far to great a risk for head injuries, eye injuries, some severe wind chill as you rocket down the Ice Slide, not to mention tearing clothing. Danny I’ve already been interviewed on Russian television when I was in Kyzyl meeting with the Minister of Health for the Republic of Tuva and several other times as well. Smiles and Merry Christmas on Orthodox Christmas Day January 7th. Cap

  3. Robert 94596

    Orthodox celebrate the twelfth day of Christmas (January 7), sometimes known as the feast of Epiphany, the day that the magi arrived with their gifts. The song of the name apparently has meaning for each of the days and each of the items given by “my true love.”

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