Well we've reached our last day in the capital of Karelia. The time has flown by, but we're definitely worn out from all the activity.
Yesterday much of the day was spent getting necessary footage. We were able to walk around town, see parts of the city one last time and try to capture those really great moments: kids sledding, people ice skating, parents walking through the snow with their children, and so on. We especially wanted to get shots of people in the normal day-to-day routine. We stopped by a well near our hotel where people get clean water (for a great post on that, check out Marc's blog post) for the daily necessities. Despite being a sizable city, many people still do not have running water in their homes.
This morning we went to the church we were able to find back on Thursday. A sign on the front door posted a service was supposed to be held at 10:30. We got there a little early, but 10:30 came around and still the church remained locked and empty. It was pretty disappointing. We're not exactly sure why this was the case--both times we tried to visit the church when a service time was posted (6 p.m. Friday night and 10:30 today) there was nobody present. The optimist in us wants to think it's because of the holidays-- maybe because Christmas was just a few days earlier. But we don't have a clue.
Right now we're in our hotel room, finishing things up and getting ready to pack up for our train scheduled to leave at 7 tonight. We're going to get in to Moscow around 9 tomorrow and rush to the airport to catch a 1:30 flight to Sochi. Our adventure is not over yet!