Today, Friday the 28th of December 2018, commemorates the end of my 2nd full month here in Russian Siberia. I flew from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, North to Irkutsk, Siberia, on Monday, October the 29th.



And the world she turns. Snap you fingers and two months have passed. Christmas 2018 (our December 25th Christmas) is now in our rear view mirror.

I was tired today after the events of the previous several days. All of the do we-have-to-move or can-we-stay in our apartment drama was tiring. Then the great Christmas Day gift of being able to stay-put and NOT have to move. This stress, coupled with the intense pace of my day-to-day life (getting out, attending meetings) caught up with me. But still today was a full day. I worked on posts ( and blogspot), was out for well over 2-hours on a photo shoot, and then enjoyed a nice meal in a very nice restaurant with 2 friends. I then came home and slept for an hour and a half.

The build-up to Orthodox Christmas on January 7th continues.

A few photos for you to look-over, smile at and hopefully enjoy.

I’m going to start with the below photo of a most basic little Christmas Tree.

Here in Russia there have been periods of severe anti-christian activities and sentiments against Christianity.

I snapped the above photo of the tender little Christmas Tree IN the administrative office of the Russian Government Agency with whom I am required to formally register as a foreign visitor. This is the office in which I spent somewhere around three hours accomplishing this task. And IN this office you see the above (there were others also) Christmas Tree. So I personally am not currently seeing the radical anti-christian activity and sentiments that once were here in Russia. Quite the opposite in fact. Christmas, as you certainly are seeing in my posts, seems to be up-and-running at full speed here.

Just look at the following photos.

In the Limerick Irish Pub.

How interesting are the differences in each of the three below photos taken of the same Christmas display. Lighting certainly is an enormous factor in photography.

I took photos of the below magnificent Christmas decorations in the restaurant I ate in last night.

Will each of you pause for just a moment. Maybe review the above photos.

Thank You.

Now contemplate with me for a moment as to your own ideas of exactly what you think Russian Siberia is really like.

Sports Fans. Ladies and Gentlemen. Officers and Enlisted. I am here-to-shout that, like in the United States, certainly many of the people living here in Russian Siberia are living very good lives. In my opinion, based upon two full months of living here, it looks to me like most of them are living pretty good lives.

Over and out. I am looking forward to the adventures of the next two weeks up North in Krasnoyarsk (can you believe that I am spelling most of these names from memory?). Even Minusinsk. I can’t pronounce it very well but I sure can spell it. Irkutsk. Kyzyl. Shushenskoye.

Smiling .. Cap and Patti


  1. Patti Boone

    You have not only completed two full months in Siberia, you have thrived on being there, the culmination of a dream you nurtured over the past three years. The invitation you received three years ago stayed on the front burner and finally came to be a reality. The photos are very tender … it speaks to me not only of the good life many people there must have, but also that they are very gentle people for the most part. A feel good post! Smiles and love, Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Thank You My Dear One. I like your description : This was a feel good post. The restaurants are second-to-none. First class and elegant to the degree you seek elegance. The decor in The Fashion Cafe was magnificent. No question that coming here to Russian Siberia was an absolute ‘spiritual calling’. I look forward to soon sharing it with you. Love You .. Cap

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