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What it's like to live in Kamchatka

February 16, 2016, 2:33 pm | This story has an Influence Score of 536

By PreAcquaint

Written by Casey Handmer

Photography by Wietse Jongsma

I do not live in Kamchatka, but I have been there for a few weeks.

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If you live in Kamchatka, you probably live in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the largest city by far. There are a number of other cities and military bases, but their population is tiny and falling.

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The economy is largely based on tourism, so working in the service industry is likely. There used to be a terrific scientific research program there in geology, oceanography, etc. Not so any more.

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The only practical way to come and go is by plane from Yelizovo airport, which involves spectacular flights over nearby volcanoes.

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Geologically speaking Kamchatka experiences frequent powerful earthquakes and even more frequent/ongoing volcanic eruptions. Some of these are visible from the city, some are not.

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Kamchatka is mostly wilderness, filled with forests, mountains, salmon and bears. It is likely you know of a few hot springs to visit on the weekend.

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During the summer, it is warm and wet for a few months. Most of the year it is winter, and southern Kamchatka has the heaviest snowpack anywhere in the world - typically 20m or so fall and melt every year.

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Like elsewhere in Russia, dealing with inefficient bureaucracy is part of life. At least you are a long way from Moscow, the center of the rot.

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a long and narrow city, sandwiched between Avacha bay and the volcanoes, so getting from one end to the other can take more than an hour by bus. Fortunately there is a well developed center where most of the interesting stuff takes place.

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