Walking in a winter wonderland between Moscow and St. Petersburg

But the most elusive of all the boundaries here is the one between the sky and Lake Valdai. Its blizzard-wrapped opposite shoreline lies across an icebound surface strewn with snowdrifts — only the black dots that on closer inspection turn into fish violate the perfect whiteness of this blank page.

But the most elusive of all the boundaries here is the one between the sky and Lake Valdai. Its blizzard-wrapped opposite shoreline lies across an icebound surface strewn with snowdrifts — only the black dots that on closer inspection turn into fish violate the perfect whiteness of this blank page.

Elena Bobrova, Ekaterina Chipurenko
Our editors share their observations made during a day in Valdai, a small provincial town in Novgorod Oblast.