With my four camels in the Sahara desert

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Four.

Four days walking in the Adrar Plateau of Mauritania, with four lovely camels. That’s a fabulous trip I did in 2007.

Click on this link to a previous post to see a portrait of each of my four camels and the nicknames I gave them; below are also some of my visual memories of this trip.

Interested in more Mauritania stories? Click on my Mauritania tag, or read about the incredible journey on board the iron-ore train in Mauritania!

Posing with the ladies in Iran

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Women.

When I was travelling in Iran, as opposed to most travelling Westerners who just wear a small scarf, I decided to try wearing the real Iranian-style headscarf.

It turned out a fantastic idea. It was so incongruous for them to see a Westerner with the Iranian scarf that most women couldn’t stop laughing at me! They were also teasing me because I didn’t manage to wear it properly.

This group of local ladies in Esfahan (Ispahan) insisted on having their photo with me!

Thanks to this styling choice, I received a lot of attention and smiles from local women, and some insisted in taking pictures with me.

A fabulous ice breaker!

Click here read more about what I enjoyed so much about travelling in Iran, and I hope you will be tempted to visit this beautiful country, too!

Nature reasserting itself in Soviet Russia

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Leaves.

Nature grows slowly in the permafrost. And yet, time passes, and surely; the whole territory in Russia still bears the scars of the Soviet Union but they become less visible every year.

Spotted in the small mining town of Mirny, in Yakutia: an old Soviet sign that is struggling to exist in an environment that wants to get the upper hand.

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Photo taken in July 2016.

 

The role of Putin in the toilets of Ukraine

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Paper.

President Putin is a great source of inspiration in Ukraine… especially in the toilets.

Two years ago, at the occasion of the first anniversary of the Euromaidan events in Kiev, tourists shops were selling these toilet paper rolls:

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November 2014

I had the opportunity of a stopover in Kiev on my way back from Kazakhstan recently and couldn’t resist the temptation to go in the city and check how Kiev was doing, two years later.

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November 2016

Conclusion? A bit more joy, a bit more colour, but a still firmly rooted resentment, I guess.

Lenin statues covered with snow

If you read my blog, I’m sure you know about my passion for Lenin statues.

This week, Ailsa‘s photo challenge theme is Snowy, so time for a session of Lenin statues covered with snow!

I’ve always wondered if anyone removes the snow from statues – in the deep of winter you rarely see Lenin covered, but it could be because the snow falls or is pushed by the wind. What is sure is that in the morning after a very heavy snow fall, Lenin statues can look hilarious! Here are a few (from me but also found elsewhere):

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Lenin in Brest (Belarus). This one is already on my blog – and it comes as result number 20 in a Google Images search about “Lenin snow”. I think I can claim I’m a global expert! 😉
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Shared by a friend on social media (I don’t know the original author)
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Shared by a friend on social media (I don’t know the original author)

 

A frozen monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin is seen as the temperature is below -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit).in downtown Yakutsk, about 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Yakutsk Vecherny, Aexander Li)
A frozen monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin is seen as the temperature is below -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit).in downtown Yakutsk, about 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) east of Moscow, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Yakutsk Vecherny, Aexander Li) (found here)
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Found on Pinterest

Want to have more fun with Lenin statues? Read here the principles to create a Soviet propaganda-compliant Lenin statue, have a laugh with Lenin’s giant head in Ulan-Ude, and check how fun Ukrainians turned a Lenin statue into Darth Vader in Odessa!