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Datscha – Pursuit of Happiness
The “Datscha” (dacha) is a country house or holiday home, it can be as small as an allotment or as grand as a villa. The constitution of the Soviet Union, granted its citizens the right to rest and leisure. To this day many Russians who live in the major cities exercise this right: they go to the dacha.
At the time of the Soviet Union the dacha—the cottage in the green—was the very personal dream of happiness for most Russians: There weren’t any trips abroad. On the dacha one could relax from the big city life, from work or university stress and was able to choose one's favourite activities, carry them out for as long as one wishes to, and share them with friends and family.
Our first Russian Café-Restaurant Datscha opened in 2008, in memory of the good times that we have had in our dacha 43 km away from Moscow. For us the dacha was the only place where we felt free: an enclave of privacy, which meant not only the freedom to plant apples and potatoes, but also to be able to enjoy natural Russian food and the Russian nature, drink vodka and have good friends over.
Dacha, in this sense, is also the lifestyle of its owners.