Saturday, January 9, 2010

Petrozavodsk: Day 4 - Of Stand-Ups and Ice Fishing

Another cold, snowy day in Petrozavodsk.  I told Marc earlier that although there's knee-deep snow everywhere, I still love it when more falls.

So we were out around lunchtime to do some stand-up shots for the upcoming Engage Russia: Karelians video series. We walked out to the lakeshore and decided to do something Marc and I had never attempted previously:  walk on water.

Don't worry, we're not trying to sound holier than thou.  Walking on water is entirely possible when it's frozen and two feet thick.  Pack two more feet of snow on top of that and you're going to be okay.  Marc and I spotted some ice fishers about 200 yards out on Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe (Petrozavodsk being the largest settlement on that lake).  We walked out and met Vladimir, and struck up a conversation with him.  He was incredibly friendly and let us watch as he fished (and caught a few!).

After our time with Vladimir, we quickly did a few more stand-ups and hurried back to the hotel.  Although temperatures were okay when we first left the comfort of our hotel room at noon (around 14 degrees Fahrenheit), the temperature eventually dropped to 5.  We did some relaxing in our room and then took a taxi to attend a service being held at the church I found yesterday.  Sadly, when we arrived  we found the lights out and doors locked.  We just hope it won't be that way when we return on Sunday morning.