Спасибо, Russia! For quite a while now, I have found Russia to be one of the most fascinating countries in the world. I have always wanted to travel to Russia, but as of yet, I have not been. I love the nuances of the Russian language, I love the cyrillic text, and the unique architecture and music of Russia has always intrigued me and helped me realize my interest in cultures other than my own.
I recently discovered that Russia is home to the largest surface freshwater lake in the world: Lake Baikal. Located in the eastern part of the country, east of the Ural mountains, the lake is well into the Siberian plain. Lake Baikal is over 12,500 square miles of freshwater, leaving it the world’s largest freshwater lake; it accounts for around 20% of the unfrozen surface freshwater on the planet.
This is the link to the Wikipedia article about Lake Baikal. Some of the information is truly amazing, such as the fact that 1,700 different types of animals consider Lake Baikal home, over two-thirds of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The lake is also home to the Baikal Deep Underwater Neutrino Telescope, a research module located two-thirds of a mile deep in the lake around two miles from shore. There are even two Russian folk songs about the lake.
All of the photos below should be linked to their original websites. I cannot take credit for any of the photography shown below, though hopefully one day I will be taking pictures of Lake Baikal myself! Enjoy!
Over the past 10 months, ChristmasLightstheSoul has been visited over 1,667 times by people from over 40 different countries on all six habitable continents. I am so thankful for the enthusiasm and the widespread interest in my blog, and I hope to continue to provide interesting photographs, articles, thoughts and opinions for many months, if not years to come. As a sign of my gratitude, I would like to say thank you in the languages of the top 10 countries represented, as well as write an article on some unique aspect of each of those countries. Can you guess from the languages below which ten countries have visited ChristmasLightstheSoul the most? It’s difficult if some countries speak the same language… so I’ll give you the continent if they’re the same, though that makes it really easy, well, except for South America.
Thank you! (North America)
Thank you! (Europe)
Gracias! (South America)
Merci or thank you!
Once again, thank you! I’m quite looking forward to more and more CLTS activity! I hope you enjoy the series of country profiles!
I think that the Weather Channel puts up some incredible photographs of weather-related events. I wanted to share some pretty amazing photos of the early November winter storm from their website. I also included some screenshots of the radar forecast for the Boston area a couple of hours apart. We weren’t supposed to get much snow, but we ended up getting quite the dusting! All photo credits go to the individual photographers and http://www.weather.com.
I love winter. Simple as that. I also love taking photos (if you haven’t been able to tell) so I thought I’d share some of my photos from today’s snow fall in Boston around the Kenmore Square / Brookline area. If you’re a Bostonian or a BU student, I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the buildings.
In an attempt to keep up with the nor’easter bearing down on the northeast coast of the United States, which they have decided to name Athena, I came across a set of sixty photos that the Weather Channel compiled. All photos of the voting system in action around the USA, the compilation was very well done. I took the liberty of taking screen shots of several of them to share with you just how moved I was by the scenes. Regardless of the outcome we all witnessed last night, I think it’s still important to remind ourselves of just how awesome our country is. These photos represent that, in my opinion. Photos courtesy of http://www.weather.com.