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A visit to Russian Dacha
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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