Sunday, September 13, 2009
On Saturday Oleg and Vasilyna drove us to their family house in the village half an hour out of town where we helped harvest the potatoes. "This will be one of the last warm days," she told us. We were glad to work under cool gray skies.
Afterwards we ate watermelon, and then they put wood on the fire in the banya for us to use. SO relaxing.
Popular banyas (suanas) sometimes appear to be nicer than the house they come with. "It's the only way Russians had to clean themselves," one sister told us. Public bath house are also available.
It's understood that these older homes, although charming, lack conveniences such as indoor plumbing. In many cases, they'll have a well, with better drinking water than the city's. A few such homes get torn down and replaced by large, brick ones like the one you get a glimpse of to the left.