For just under a month in the summer of 2002 we visited Natasha's family in Russia, which included a trip up north to the villages along the Pechora river. The photo essay is easy to follow -- just click picture one below, and each page will allow you to click to the next one until you're finished. Or, if you'd rather only look at a few pages, click on the page below you wish to see. Please let me know if you have any comments: email@example.com. If you're interested, the trip also inspired me to write some poems about the people and places I visited: click poems.
Page 1: Setting off on the Pechora River
Page 2: On board!
Page 3: Late night feast
Page 4: Muddy roads in Mutni Materik
Page 5: The village of Mutni Materik
Page 6: A new school, and city hall in Mutni Materik
Page 7: Mutni Materik from the boat
Page 8: Ust Cil'ma, a larger village
Page 9: Ust Cil'ma celebrates its 460th anniversary
Page 10: More from the Ust Cil'ma celebration
Page 11: The celebration included a parachute exhibition and small kids in costumes
Page 12: Natasha tries on a costume
Page 13: The Gorka!
Page 14: Beautiful costumes at the Gorka
Page 15: More scenes from the Gorka
Page 16: Fun in Syktyvkar
Page 17: A dinner party in Syktyvkar
Page 18: Dacha fields
Page 19: Strawberries and the dacha
Page 20: The bagna
Page 21: Church and apartment
Page 22: A "rest area" between Syktyvkar and Kirov
Page 23: Cars and gas stations
Page 24: The village of Orlof
Page 25: A wedding and a cemetary
Page 26: Moscow!
See also: The 1997 trip to Russia - read a little about our trip to Russia in the summer of 1997, and see
photos from that trip.