The bus pulled up close to what seemed to be a big swimming pool. A lot of children were laughing and jumping in and out of the water. The water had an interesting green color but it was not polluted.Mineral Pools in the Russian Town Slavsk, Kaliningrad Oblast.
I must admit the setting couldn`t have been more picturesque. Slavsk, is a very old rural town and in a way it seemed that time has been standing still here. Most of the houses are still from the German days and have been built before WWII. No skyscrapers or big shopping centers. Normal houses with normal people from the country side. I liked it. Life seems to be less complicated here. Maybe I am wrong.
I remember Andrey`s mom telling me the day before that we will be swimming in a mineral pool and I quickly asked Andrey if this was the place. I didn`t want to swim in a nightgown in front of all the people (see blog about customs and traditions in the Russian orthodox Church).
People in our group paid little attention to the big swimming pool and made their way to the tap. They were more interested in filling up their water bottles and to splash some water over themselves.
Eventually we managed to get to the front. This was one busy water tap.Andrey`s mom quickly joined us and we gave her the first taste. She loved it. Now it was my turn to taste the water. I have never tasted natural mineral water before. The taste was weird…very salty. I believe the salt content is an indication of how good the water is.
Andrey`s Mom`s friend joined us too. She took a big sip and licked her lips.
Then it was time to pose for a photo. She squeezed in between me and Andrey and we stifled a giggle.
Poor Andrey stood last in line and finally he managed to drink some of the water. He was looking forward to that all morning!
Where: Slavsk,Kaliningrad Oblast – Russia
Date: 16 June 2012