WITH YULIYA EFIMOVA
Yuliya is an Influencer living in Russia with her husband Dmitriy and their adorable 4-year-old daughter Aurora.
This week she takes us to one of the coldest cities in the world – Yakutsk, to discover more about the culture, why it’s so magical and the national festival that happens each year.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN YAKUTSK?
We have just moved to Yakutsk which is super exciting! It’s only been a few months but we’ve been visiting for years before finally moving.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING HERE?
Yakutsk is a small but beautiful town with friendly and hospitable people.
The nature surrounding Yakutsk is stunning all year round! It really is spectacular. A bonus is that our best friends all live here, so I definitely feel at home.
Yakutsk is a small but
beautiful town with friendly
and hospitable people.
WHEN DO YOU THINK YOUR CITY IS MOST MAGICAL?
It is really hard to choose! All four seasons of Yakutsk are breathtaking. But personally, despite Yakutsk being called ‘the coldest city in the world’, I think the most magical time here is winter. It really does look like a winter wonderland. But don’t get me wrong, summer’s here are also incredible. You can’t complain when the forests are so green, you have the clearest water in rivers, blue sky and enchanting white nights.
FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN SUMMER AND WINTER?
Just like everyone here, I love to swim, fish and pick mushrooms in the summer. In winters we love ice skating, and staying indoors, visiting our friends, relatives and spending quality time by the fire.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO HANG OUT WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Aurora is not a stay at home girl, she loves venturing outside just like me, so we love going to the cinema or park. We really like Travellers, a cute coffee house as well as Hachapuri, a restaurant serving delicious Georgian cuisine.
ANY SPECIAL EVENTS THAT HAPPEN EVERY YEAR?
There is one special event, the national festival “Ysyakh”. A lot of people come from all over Yakutia and the festival goes on for two days with religious ceremonies and traditional sports competitions such as horse racing, Yakut wrestling and so on. People drink ‘Kumys’, which is fermented horse milk, and eat Yakut traditional national food. One of the most expected customs is the ceremony of sun greeting.
SIGHTSEEING PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED?
Definitely visit the Central Park of Culture and Recreation and Museum Mammoth – it has excellent displays and is super informative!
With thanks to Yuliya X
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