The northern part of Kostroma Oblast (province) is an area with its own way of life that is located away from major cities and not yet very popular among travelers. Forests occupy almost the entire area to the north of Kostroma. The land is barren and the summers are short here. At the end of the 19th century, these places were called the «women’s side» because, starting from a young age, up to half of the male peasants went to work in big cities, primarily in the capital, Saint Petersburg. For this reason, they became known as «Petersburgers». In the summer, the «Petersburgers» worked as carpenters, joiners, and house painters, and, in the winter, they returned to their homeland, where their families were waiting for them. Nowadays, nothing has changed: many residents are only formally registered here, but work in Moscow or in other cities and come home on holidays or vacation to visit their relatives.