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Tanay Mondial 2020 More News from the DZ

Training is going great, loads are turning all day, and we had a chance to catch up with Denis Sviridov, Vice-President of the Russian National Parachute Federation and main organizer of the Tanay Mondial 2020.  If you arrive to train at DZ Tanay after 03.Aug.2021 there will be new cell service and ATMs on-site for the event, making life a bit easier.  More details in the post.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Sunday August 1, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Boots on the Ground at the Tanay DZ Complex

We made it to DZ Tanay!  This post is a grab bag of why you need cash at the DZ in rubles, things to leverage during your transit at SVO and OVB, what to expect during the drive from Novosibirsk to the complex, and a quick overview of the check-in process and DZ with Andrey, Manifest, and what to expect at the DZ Tanay complex.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Saturday July 31, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Boots on the Ground Update

Payments, COVID-19 precautions and testing, Internet and phone service, and drop zone life in Russia - this discussion covers a few things and lessons learned about everyday life and operations in Russia (Moscow, Moscow region, Ryazanskaya oblast).  Use this guide to get all your stuff worked out before you fly from home so that things are as smooth as possible.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday July 20, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Siberian weather in August

Siberia warms up in the spring and summer, chills in the winter.  The weather isn't always below freezing, but August in Siberia is cooler than in many parts of the world.  In general, Tanay Mondial 2020 skydiving competitors can expect an average air temperature of 17.25ºC.  The analysis in this write up presents weather and precipitation tables in metric and Imperial units.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday July 13, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Things to Do in Moscow for 2-3 Days

Now that you have your visa in hand, it's time to decide what to do for your first, 2- or 3-day visit to Moscow, the best city in Russia in terms of things to do.  This quick tourist guide has some recommendations for the members of the national skydiving teams who don't know where to start, but want to spend 2 to 4 days in Moscow before or after the Tanay Mondial 2020.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Saturday July 3, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Easiest Way to Get Your Visa (USians only)

The Tanay Mondial 2020 is around the corner for all competitors, and getting a Russian visa is always a foot dragging affair.  Lower staffing and slower processing times thanks to COVID-19 made it more complicated.  This guide describes the method two three members of the US Parachute Team used for getting a Russian visa as fast, cheap, and easy as possible.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday June 15, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Getting Around Guide

You're in Russia, and you want to get to/from places, pay for things, interact with folks, optimize your mobile and Internet service, and otherwise get around.  In most regards it's like visiting any other European or Asian country, here are some things that will ease your journey and make it more enjoyable.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday May 27, 2021
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Tanay Mondial 2020 Quick Travel Guide

This is a quick travel guide for getting to, and around Russia on your way to the Tanay Mondial 2020 this August 2021 - transportation and logistics.  It's aimed at skydivers traveling to/from Russia for this event.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday May 27, 2021
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Fixing devpi package uploads in a Python 3.6.5 world

Upgrading our virtualenv builds to use Python 3.6.5 and the latest versions of setuptools, wheel, pip, and virtualenv broke publication.  We use a private devpi server and it rejected the new packages with the error devpi upload does not contain PKGINFO, skipping.  This post explains the error cause and how to work around it until a permanent fix for devpi-client 4.0.1 is in place.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Thursday April 5, 2018
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Archiving my DVD library

My DVD library is down to a few hard-to-find titles. Some foreign, some out of print, some from other regions. This post describes the set up and commands for backing them up to Matreoshka Video format using a headless Ubuntu server for later playback.

Written by Eugene Ciurana on Tuesday March 27, 2018
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