Those who are planning to visit the Urals should also visit Singing Babushkas and other inhabitants of Koptelovo. It's a village-museum 135 km north-east to Yekaterinburg. Surprisingly enough the life of the remote village hasn't changed much since last centuries. Of course the villagers drive their Lada cars now and have satellite TV but they still for example don't care much about mobile phones, refer to the Americans as enemies of the cold war (don't worry my US friends, it doesn't go further than the reference as many Americans have already been there and were treated very kindly!) The people of Koptelovo speak in a very distinct local dialect, which I as a linguist was particularly interested in. Plus the stunning nature of the North-East...
The vast lands of the area make it possible to live on farming. Although the Urals is called a territory of risky farming, this area is good enough to grow wheat and...cucumbers. Very large cucumbers, they say!
You can go inside the izba and satisfy you curiosity as to how 18 people fitted in at once.
The director of the local museum, a former school teacher, will tell you how young girls used to dress in order to get married asap. Kokoshnik (a dome-like head accessory) meant the girl was rich and had better chances. Interestingly, girls were considered worth marrying from 16 to 25, at the age of 26 they became old maids. Obviously the Ural people had less strict rules than my Belarusian grandmother. I was a hopeless case for her already at 22.
And of course the highlight of the journey to Koptelovo village - Singing Babushkas! Enjoy...
see more pictures of Koptelovo village:
- One day trip to the village of singing babushkas, Oct 12th
- Ural rivers and remote villages
- Merkushino – the oldest village in the Urals
- Wooden wonder of Kunary village.
- Secret towns in the Urals