The dacha: where Russians disappear to in summer and how I spent 90 days in the dacha

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How I spent 90 days in the dacha.

However, it is absolutely true that Russians love to spend their summers in the dacha.

Above all, the dacha for a long time has become one of the basic needs of the Russian people and has become part of the Russian story.

Moreover, the dacha only began to appear in the Russian sphere back in the 18th century.

The Soviet government distributed pieces of land measuring about 600 meters where the owners would build a dacha as well as use the remaining land space for subsistence agricultural farming.

So, the dacha where Russians disappear to in summer is a kind of unique home Which it’s constructions are made from special woods or bricks.

More Importantly, the dachas since the 18th century, through the Soviet era, have become a national identity that almost every Russian owns and talks about it.

So, If you’re in Russia and you haven’t heard the word “dacha,” check your location you aren’t in Russia.

Indeed, Russians do talk a lot about the dacha and how they spent their weekends in the dacha.

As a matter of fact, I became curious to experience what life in a dacha would be like.  Experiencing it is better than reading or hearing about it.

So, I had to go live in it to experience the real thing and the natural and cultural feelings of what is it is that hypnotize Russians about the dacha.

I had planned to spend just a few days in the dacha, but the feelings in the dacha was indeed a breath of life soothing to the soul away from noisy and polluted cities.

The feeling of nature at it’s best, is packed in the fun the dacha offers.

Besides, I have been living in a modern apartment in Dolgoprudnyy, in the Moscow region for almost over 2 years and had no idea what it is like living in a Russian dacha.

The dacha, in other words, is a country house, summerhouse or a summer home.

Clearly, even from the sound of the pronunciation ”DACHA,” I’d prefer to buy a dacha than a summerhouse LOL! Crazy right?

How I spent 90 days in the dacha in summer

During my time in the dacha, I always wake up to a cup of fine brewed Armenian coffee, biscuits, fried eggs, sliced fresh sweet pepper, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and bread.

In contrast, there isn’t any vodka nor alcohol as expected by stereotypes. Nah! Russians do not wake up to a bottle of vodka as their stereotypes say. Rather, Russians drink tea more tea and coffee than vodka.

Read: Russians’ drink more tea than alcohol

As a matter of facts, this beats you imagination about what the stereotype portrays about Russians and vodka right?

Sorry for the digression.

Anyway, keep reading about how i spent 90 days in the dacha.

Swimming

After what the Russians call Zavtrakat, I normally take a half-hour of rest, when the sun comes up hot, the temperature hits 29 degrees, we go swimming!

Shaslik (Barbecue or meat grilling )

At sunset, I break firewood, make fire, and prepare the meat ready for Shashlik.

Again, I would say I love ‘Shashlik’ more than Barbecue. LOL! I’m getting too crazy about this.

Anyway, Do not mind my craziness. Indeed, I love the Russian language and their natural ways of doing things. No tricky feelings.

So, after grilling the meat “Shashlik,” pass it on the table, a few bottles of vino and champagne 🥂, a bowl full of salad, Armenian bread, Tomato pastes, cheese, dill in Russian ‘UKROP’, invite families and friends eat, raise a glass of vino in memory of families and friends who have passed on, and toasts to the living.

Russians do not make a toast in remembrance of their dead ones rather they raise a glass and say a few words of honor.

Surfing the neighborhood

Meanwhile, when the need to exercise arise, i ‘d pick up the bicycle and ride around the neighborhood or take a walk if need be.

One of the memorable places I visited, was the burial place of a few world War ll fallen heroes in Novalyeksandrovo.

No doubt, I paid my respect.

Without their sacrifice, the exclamation, Hurraaaaaay wouldn’t sound that powerful from the mouths of Russians. That’s the sound of victory, (Pobyeda).

A walk in a zoo-park in Novalyeksandrovo

In the zoo-park the are divisions;

An amusement park for children,

A barricaded section where adults play war games with plastic guns,

A section where animals are confined for exhibition.

Stroitskoe, zoo-park, Russia
Stroitskoe, zoo-park, Russia

A river where people swim, fish and speed-boating.

Theirs also a section where people sit under the sun in their bikini’s and swimming pants. A sauna court and a beautiful water fountain.

In summary, i’d say the dacha is a place where Russians go to capture nature to it’s fullest.

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