Archive | November, 2007
November 6, 2007

Kvass!

kvass_poster.jpg

kvass_poster.jpg

I swear, I must be the only non-Russian who likes to drink kvass. After walking around Moscow on a warm summer day, there’s really nothing better than a cold mug of kvass (alright, maybe a beer). The Coca-Cola Company recently announced its intention to break into the kvass market:

In the booming consumer market that is today’s Russia, kvass is the kind of phenomenon that Western soda producers can no longer ignore. Enter Coca-Cola Co., which recently announced plans to begin making kvass in Russia.

The Atlanta-based soft drink giant isn’t sure where in Russia it will locate production or what its marketing
strategy will be, says Vladimir Kravtsov, Coca-Cola’s spokesman in Russia. But it has a name for its version of kvass, Mug and Barrel, and it has a recipe that tested well among kvass drinkers in the Volga River city of Samara this summer, Kravtsov says.

“Our launch of kvass in Russia will be in March or April of next year,” he said. “The kvass segment of the Russian beverage market is the fastest-growing segment. The combination of a traditional Russian recipe and the high quality of Coca-Cola will be positive synergy.”

Somehow, I doubt the babushkas manning the yellow kvass tanks are worried.

November 4, 2007

Antietam National Battlefield

Antietam cannons

“I have heard of ‘the dead lying in heaps’, but never saw it till this battle. Whole ranks fell together.” – Captain Emory Upton, 2nd U.S. Artillery, at Antietam

I visited Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland back in August, but didn’t get around to uploading the photos until now. I’ve been to Gettysburg a few times, but have never made it out to Antietam (or Manassas, for that matter) despite its proximity to Washington DC.

The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 3,600 killed and over 17,000 wounded.

Antietam cannons
Antietam Dunker Church
Dunker Church

Antietam bloody cornfield
Self-explanatory.

“Every stalk of corn in the northern and greater part of the field was cut as closely as could have been done with a knife, and the slain lay in rows precisely as they stood in their ranks a few minutes before.” – A Union officer

Antietam Bloody Lane
Bloody Lane

Antietam Bloody Lane
View of Bloody Lane from the observation tower

Antietam Creek
Antietam Creek

Antietam Burnside Bridge
Burnside’s Bridge. Much smaller than I imagined.

Antietam Burnside Bridge

Antietam cannon
Obligatory pose with artillery

Antietam cannons
Cannons at site of the “final attack”

Antietam national cemetery
Antietam National Cemetery

Antietam memorial
The base of this memorial reads “Not for themselves but for their country”

Antietam Reenactors
Reenactors about to perform a weapons firing demonstration

Antietam Reenactors
Antietam Reenactors

The rest of the photos are here.