I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

APR 18, 19 .. WHAT ON EARTH IS A KHOMUS?

IF I wasn't for 'our' Patti, I myself still would not have a clue as to what on this good earth a Khomus is.

The story of the Khomus that you are about to read, and the photographs of the Khomus that you are about to see, all go back to our friend Gullible.

http://gullible-gulliblestravels.blogspot.com/2019/04/springtime-that-feels-like-summer.html

Little did I know, how could I realize, my life was about to change thanks to Gullible.

Gullible and Patti go back well over fifty (50) years. Gullible is the reason that I have this website. Gullible set it up for me on October the 22nd, 2011. Gullible is a very important friend and advisor and confidant to Patti and I.

I do not take-lightly suggestions given to me by any of my close, innermost circle of friends.

Back, way back, it was Monday, November the 16th, 2015, Patti, Gullible and I were in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Patti, Gullible and I were leaving Mongolia the next day, Tuesday November the 17th, and flying to Hong Kong.

The day before I fly anywhere can border on being 'crazy'. I have to completely 'focus' on my pre-trip preparations. So I usually do not plan any activities except getting ready to take the trip I am about to take.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, with no notice, Gullible says to Patti and I : "Let's go eat at Millie's Cafe!"

I work very hard at NOT using any profanity in my speech.

But I thought to myself : "What in the @#$% is Millie's Cafe? Where in the @#$% is Millie's Cafe located? There is no @#$% way that I am going to research Millie's Cafe with the three of us flying to Hong Kong in the morning!"

As I recall, I said politely : "Gullible! What are you talking about? I've never heard of Millie's Cafe. I have no idea of where it is nor how we can get there. We are flying to Hong Kong in the morning and I am sorry but I can't fit-this-into-our-plans."

Gullible replied : "I found Millie's Cafe on Trip Advisor. It is one of the most highly rated restaurants in all of Ulaanbaatar and I wanted to eat there."

I replied : "What is Trip Advisor?"

Gullible : "Cap have you been living under a rock?" 

I replied : "NO matter what Trip Advisor is, we cannot possibly find and eat at Millie's Cafe."

I then solemnly promised myself : "One someday I will find out about Trip Advisor and I will go to Millie's Cafe here in Ulaanbaatar and I will send Gullible all the details that I can gather together."

That one someday was April 26th, 2016.

As I write these words, I have posted one thousand one hundred and seven (1,107) Posts on Trip Advisor and uploaded fourteen thousand nine hundred and forty four (14, 944) photos on Trip Advisor.

To a very great extent, Trip Advisor is what I do. I research a city on Trip Advisor. Then I visit the interesting attractions. I write them up and submit photographs. Thanks to Gullible and in return thanks to Trip Advisor my life is richer.  

It was 'our' Patti who found, while herself exploring Trip Advisor attractions in Yakusk, Russian Siberia, The Museum and Center of the Khomus of the People of the World.

Khomus. What on this good earth is a Khomus? A Khomus is a Mouth Harp. A Jaw Harp. An Ozark Harp. A Juice Harp. In French it is a Guimbarde. The Turkic people of Asia call it a Temir Komuz. It did originate in Asia.


Lastly, the Khomus / Jaw Harp / Mouth Harp is far more commonly called a : Jew's Harp. My research reveals that it has no known nor firm connection with either the Jewish Religion nor its people.


We paid a modest fee of 350 Russian Rubles (U.S. $5.38) to enter the Museum. Local residents pay somewhat less. This fee covered the services of our Russian speaking docent and entitled us to a free 'concert' of Jaw Harp music given us by two different members of the staff.

The time has come to show you photographs of :

The Museum and Center of the Khomus of the People of the World.


The Russian word above XOMYC is their word for Khomus. The large red letters at the top of the below building advertise that this is where the Khomus Museum is located.



Notice that instead of using the letter O they show a Jaw Harp.


Just in case some of you do not know what a Jaw Harp looks like, you can see some of them in the below photo.





A very clear photo of the Jaw Harp being used instead of the letter O.



Yes oh yes! There were many steps to walk up. The Museum is on the third (top) floor. Patti and I just did them one step at a time.




We are not up to the top floor yet. The Museum used to be on the second floor, the one you see below. It has moved to the top floor.


A photo of the former Khomus Museum entrance.



Now we are walking up the final steps to the third floor. The below brown doors are the entry into the Museum.




Below we have entered into the Museum.



Our tickets are shown below. 350 Russian Rubles are U.S. $5.38.


Now we will walk straight through the below door and enter the Museum proper.








The Museum staff can accommodate a fairly sizeable group of visitors.


















One last look at the Jaw Harps.


Our visit here was just a lot of fun. Our Russian friend Anastasia who accompanied us was a great help because our Docent and guide spoke no English.

And ..

Last but certainly not least, when Patti was exploring the Museum on Trip Advisor she noticed that sometimes a staff member will put on a short Jaw Harp Concert for visitors.

So Patti asked our Docent and we lucked out. We had two concerts with two staff members.





Thank You so much Yakutsk for hosting us.


Smiles and Hugs .. Cap and Patti

Sunday, 14 April 2019

APR 14, 19 .. YAKUTSK, RUSSIAN SIBERIA .. THE KINGDOM OF PERMAFROST ..

Do any of you wonder just how I find 'attractions' such as this one? Who has ever heard of the Kingdom of Permafrost?

What is permafrost? I'll let Wikipedia help out : 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permafrost

Back to how I find 'attractions'.

I have two methods. I go to Trip Advisor and look for 'Things to do'. My other option is simply to ask friends who live in the local area that I am visiting, "What is there to see here?"

By the way, here in Yakutsk the Kingdom of Permafrost is the top, number one attraction to visit.

On my visit to the Kingdom of Permafrost, I was accompanied by three friends who live here in Yakusk.

I hope that I am not being a 'bore' with my interest in the Russian Cyrillic Alphabet.

Below is Russian for the Kingdom of Permafrost :

 Царстово Вечной Мерзлоты



However in Russian it translates to English as : Kingdom (Царстово) Eternal (Вечной) Permafrost (Мерзлоты).




In actual Russian it is :

Царстово Вечной Мерзлоты 'sounds' as Tsarstovo Vechnoy Merzloty.

Now let's see the Kingdom of Permafrost (Царстово Вечной Мерзлоты).

Below are photos of the entry building.





Now you all know what the below words mean.



Oops! You've got to be very careful here.


Here we are inside of the entry office.

Without me saying one word (a photo says a thousand words) it is great to be visiting during the NON Tourist Season. My friends told me the Kingdom is absolutely swamped with summer visitors.



Adults pay a very reasonable fee of 500 Russian Rubles (U.S. $ 7.69) to enter. I've been told that during the busy summer months there is an additional charge of 200 Russian Rubles (U.S. $ 3.08) if you wish to take photos. I paid nothing for my 120 photos.


The temperature inside the Kingdom remains a fairly consistent +20°F year around. In the summer, local people visit to escape the summer heat that can skyrocket into the +75°F temperature range. These are my kind of people!






Now we are going to enter the Kingdom of Permafrost. Notice every visitor must wear a construction hard hat.


Welcome to the Kingdom of Permafrost.

Below is a map of our route. It is long and it is narrow with a series of individual attractions off to the side of the main route.


Patti did not accompany me for several reasons. It can be slippery and we did not want to risk her falling. There was not one single place to sit down and rest on the entire above route. I was in the Kingdom for about one full hour. Lastly Patti has some issues with claustrophobia. Just the photos Patti saw of the Kingdom on Trip Advisor made her squeamish

After my visit I was extremely happy that Patti stayed home. A visit would have been an absolute, unadulterated nightmare for Patti.


The below photo shows you that it can be just a tad claustrophobic down here under the ground.




There is not much to say except the Ice Sculptures are magnificent.




An Ice Sculpture of Yakutsk's magnificent Gradoyakutskiy Transfiguration Cathedral.




Just in case you've forgotten what the Cathedral looks like, and how magnificent the above Ice Sculptures of it are, see the next photos.




Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, Ice Sculptures.


A bearskin rug. You are asked not to touch the sculptures.





This is a map of permafrost regions in the North.





And a fun, ice slide, for the children.









I mean how much fun is all of this!


I did not ask if they actually have curling events down here in the Kingdom.






Stunning, absolutely, positively STUNNING.



















We have come to the end of the route through the Kingdom.



Well, that-is-that for the Kingdom of Permafrost here in Yakusk, Russian Siberia.

BUT, it is not the end of this Post. 

My above visit to the Kingdom was but the first part of my day. After visiting the Kingdom, my three friends and I went to lunch at the exclusive Chochur Muran Restaurant.








Then after lunch we checked out the local Reindeer.




In the upper right background of the below photo, you can see the Chochur Muran Restaurant where we enjoyed lunch.







And we watched the squealing children having a happy time of their lives.








And now a little surprise for Patti who was not with us and who knows nothing about the following attraction we three enjoyed along with more squealing children.






















I could have called this Post : Just another Sunday here in Russian Siberia.

Smiles and Hugs from Patti and Cap