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Old March 8th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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I got back recently from a business trip to the Jewish Autonomous Oblast which is a portion of the Russian Federation established originally as a Jewish Socialist state by Stalin. These days it's mostly made up of Russians but the Jewish minority is thriving culturally in the capitol of Birobidzhan and while my stay was short I found the city modern and quite charming. The governmental types I spoke with all speak Yiddish and finding a qualified interpreter was extremely difficult.

I also found out much to my surprise that narghile culture seems to be well established there although the pastime is not nearly as big a deal as it is in the West.

What activity I did find was out of a thriving lounge run by a Tartar gentleman who amazingly enough spoke enough English allowing me to get great service. What they had in terms of stuff to smoke was a dark brown tombac which was quite nice, a sweet molasses tasting black moassel and a moassel that had molases, vanilla and anise like flavours which was very pleasant. The moassels were quite flavourful and surprisingly wet although they did not produce a great deal of smoke they were very enjoyable unwashed products with a strong after taste of Oriental like pipe tobacco.

It seems that all of these products are made in the Caucasuses region of Russia and as I understand it are made by ethnic Armenians but getting much info was tough do to the language barriers. The narghiles were simple, solid brass rigs decorate with scenes of harvesting and other agricultural motifs. The rigs tended to be shorter then what I am used to being about 26" - 30" U.S.

For the most part the cafe had a collection of people of different ages and was sexually integrated. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I had a lot of great conversations over strong tea and a sort of fruit bread and biscuits.

Overall I could see that cafe as the sort of place that most Westerns would feel right at home.

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Old March 8th, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Wow, I travel internationally for work too -- and I'm generally pretty good at geography, but I have never even heard of this place. It make me wonder just what it is that you do that would call for travel to former Soviet Republics and other distant EMEA outposts.

Anyway, another great story Hajo -- or should we call you Carlos?
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Old March 8th, 2009, 08:32 PM
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me too, I am intrested to know what u do for living.
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Damn that sounds exciting lol. I wanna travel and stuff for work when I grow up =]

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Old March 9th, 2009, 01:03 AM
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I love these stories about your trips Hajo!
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Old March 9th, 2009, 01:19 AM
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me too, I am intrested to know what u do for living.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 02:41 AM
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If he tells us, he'll have to kill us it's part of the elite member "secret society" lol.

But i agree with everyone else, your stories are always very cool. I hope to be able to travel to some of these places and experience stuff like this.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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oh man, for some reason, these stories get me so pumped! they make me want to get up, and travel everywhere. i can't stop smiling this is so cool!

but first.. i must not be poor. i'll do those things one of these days. MAN THATS SO COOL!

but no really, where does he work? and how many languages doe she speak? Speak unto us oh great one!
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Old March 9th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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Thanks for the comments all. I've always enjoyed seeing how people live and think and since I am huge fan of tobacco culture I make a big effort to see that aspect of where ever I visit.

As to my three jobs, well they are not too interesting to most people. I have three different employers and the one that has me travel the most is peddling food, drink and sanitation facilities. We handle basically everything from market forecasting and plant design/construction/financing and process control to daily management and product development and distribution. Basically, when my boss determines that that particular client is a good bet he sends someone like me to try and close the deal.

My language skills are pretty lousy and my limited grasp languages that I once knew from my earlier life in Rhodesia and SWA are heading towards non-existence. As a result, I always end up having an interpreter although often times I end up dealing with people that have a great knowledge of English.

Oh, I forgot to mention that most of the tobacco used in the stuff smoked came from the Caucasus by republic of Adygea which is famous for it's tobacco and grain. I've spent a lot of time on business out in the Caucasus region but i've not looked into the tobacco culture when I was there as the time is always lacking.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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I enjoy very much your trip explanations since I'm into geography,history etc. Many of the original Jewish settlers there moved to Israel around 1980. The amazing thing about Oblast were the totally under the ice built large cities!
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Old March 11th, 2009, 03:21 PM
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It is my understanding that the original Jewish settlers went there in the '30s and '40s and that a great deal of Jewish immigration has occurred since the '80s. I didn't get out of the capitol during my brief stay so I have no idea what the rest of region is like. It is my understanding that a massive civil engineering project is underway right now building a massive bridge over the Amur river at a cost over $200 million.

From what little I saw the capitol is prosperous and the economy doing fine.


Also, it seems the cafe owner I mentioned has posted me some of the moassel I had sampled during the trip. I will write up a review when I get the chance.

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