A visit to Russian Dacha

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Dacha with well
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Memorable moments

Being born and brought up in a different country always left me wondering about dacha. I overheard about dacha but I could not ever make out what it looked like. I knew that it was some kind of a small house usually in village or on the outskirts of the city. In a quest to have a real look of it, I finally made up & got to see dacha one day.

A dacha is a small house made up of wood. You are likely to find dachas painted in different colours. It can be a single storey or a two storied. What is it that makes this house so unique? It’s unique as it is made up with wood only. It is hard to find any other thing which keeps two wooden logs of dachas intact to each other, for instance I saw a lot of dachas there but no any nail was visible which helps bind the logs to each other. The logs are cut artistically and fixed to each other in such a manner that they don’t need any nail or binding material. The ambience is tempting, soothing, serene all compiled in one.

Dacha is a way of living in Russia. When people get tired of their hectic scheduled lives and want to be away for refreshment then they turn to their dachas. Russians routinely go there during weekends and in summer. Spending your time here memorises you of your childhood in your village with your grandmother. Dacha doesn’t have a water connection commonly but for the same water wells are made in the vicinity from where you can carry water. But it does have an electricity connection. Besides having a beautiful cosy interior some of them have a very extra ordinary exterior of wooden carvings. I have never seen such a carved wooden work anywhere else.

Some people grow fruits, vegetables, trees next to their dachas. I have seen an exclusive quality of tomatoes, garlic, cherries, onions, cabbage and so on growing at dacha. For bathing in dacha there is banya. A banya is a closed room where there is a big stove (a kind of boiler which is fuelled by wood) with boiling water. This boiling water makes the room temperature of banya moderately high and Russians like to sit in a hot pool of water. In addition they use some small branches with leaves (known as venik in Russian) during bathing. The branches with the leaves act like a body scrub. When I saw it first I thought that these guys were joking beating each other with venik but later I realised that it is an essential part of banya. Russians like to sit together drinking beer and conversing along in banya. To summarize, a dacha and banya are enduring components of Russian life.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Wow, I love this dacha place, so cozy and I love wooden house! A great get away and get close to the nature.

I presume you will need to boil the water from the well before drinking it, won't you ?

Can you also give a few villages in Russia with such houses ?

Is it safe to bring family to those houses to stay ? ... since we will be away in isolated places.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Ingenira.I love Dachas too.Some people in village might use water straight from the well but some like to boil.It depends on the person.There are streams (water) which are fresh and some do drink from them straight.

Ingenira you'll find all the Russian villages with such houses, close to nature away from cites & crowd.

It is safe to go there with your family, but I would advise you to go with a guide or acquaintance as there are generally no hotels in the village.

All the villages in Russia have such beautiful dachas.But if you're particular about this then I recommend you Vladimir,Suzdal and Vologda regions which have beautiful villages.

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Thanks for your reply, Rooskaya. I hope to visit Vladimir,Suzdal and Vologda regions one day. Sounds like a great place to go and have holidays.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thanks Ingenira. Explore beautiful Russia.

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Ken Barton 5 years ago

I've never heard the term Dacha before for a Log Home. They are truly beautiful homes just as you said.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Ken,these beautiful log homes are known as 'Dachas' (singular-Dacha) in Russian language.Thanks for the comment.

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Bobri Dobri 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Hi, Rooskaya.. Nice Russian nickname! I suppose you've been in dachas of very very rich people. Usually it looks much more simple, and it's not necessarily wooden. It can be any type of building actually. Word dacha traditionally means place out of city, where Russians get rest and grow vegetables. For poor people and during hard times dacha becomes important source of food, they grow potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, apples, black current, strawberry, raspberry in amounts to feed all family for whole year. I thing at least 50% of Russians do it.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Privet, Bobri Dobri!!!!!!!. Vy iz Rossii))). Thank you for adding useful information here. I have seen many dachas. Now, there are many companies in small cities that offer such houses for dachas at a reasonable price. But, I do like simple dachas, I feel homely and the experience is commendable.

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CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

Nice hub, Rooskaya maja

For me "dacha" is always connected to memories of hard work, physical work.

Just a few weeks ago: Drove up north 100 miles away from Moscow. While innocently dreaming of a relaxed weekend i returned on Sunday with sore muscles after clearing and moving tons of snow.

I agree with Bobri Dobri. Your photos are a little misleading. Daches most likely won´t look like on the photos.

I would add two characteristics of real dachas: 1. remote location, Russia has directions, not roads. 2. no cell phones working, no internet.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thank you Chris57 for adding the required information. I would add photos of usual dachas too. Thanks!!!!

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

I enjoyed the hub and the pictures are quite beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia Author

Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. I thank you for the appreciation. I hope you'll enjoy more hubs from me. Thanks.

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