Julia Phillips

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Kamchatka Observer: Goodbye

Kamchatka Observer: Goodbye

News 6 years ago

In her final post for the Kamchatka Observer blog, author Julia Phillips writes about saying goodbye to the snowmobiles, bear cubs, and superlatively kind people of Kamchatka.

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Goodbye

Goodbye

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In her final post for the Kamchatka Observer blog, author Julia Phillips writes about saying goodbye to the snowmobiles, bear cubs, and superlatively kind people of Kamchatka.

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In Valley of the Geysers, a 'Month of Silence'

In Valley of the Geysers, a 'Month of Silence'

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Every spring for more than 15 years, Kamchatka's famous federal nature reserve has announced a temporary restriction on visits to two of its best-known sites to encourage bear population growth.

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Lessons in Itelmen

Lessons in Itelmen

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The Itelmen language, spoken by an ethnic group indigenous to the Kamchatka peninsula, is both tantalizingly rich and worryingly rare.

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Building Burton Park

Building Burton Park

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Snowboard manufacturer Burton's official distributor in Russia held a countrywide contest rewarding cities with new snow parks, and the comparatively small Petropavlovsk was in the running.

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Post-Election Petropavlovsk

Post-Election Petropavlovsk

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Between the lava, geysers, ice fields, and brown bears that roam the peninsula, Kamchatka could not seem more distant from the protests that blistered across the rest of the country this winter.

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A Fiery Win for Dog Musher

A Fiery Win for Dog Musher

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Winner of the Beringia dog race Andrei Semashkin learned days into the three-week competition that his house had burned down.

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Off to the Races

Off to the Races

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"The dogs," we shouted to each other, and pressed closer together. Someone called out and pointed to a hill on the horizon. A dark sled was zigzagging toward us.

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Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In

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It's one thing to stand at a distance and say "Kamchatka" as shorthand for a certain remote experience. It's another to visit, travel through, and depart from this peninsula still insisting that ...

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Cost of Living

Cost of Living

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Relatively high salaries have been instituted to compensate for the peninsula's remoteness, but consumer prices are marked up to a ludicrous degree.