Profile for Dreyk

(5 stories) (12 posts) (karma: 13 points)

Russian Federation
Hey, The name's Drake - or in Russian Дрейк

I was born in the US (California) and music has always been a HUGE part of my life. When I was a kid, I'd make mix tapes of imaginary "radio shows" which I'd give out to family. Unfortunately, some of my family still has those tapes... Something I'll never live down. By the time I reached High School, I knew I wanted to be a Radio DJ and began volunteering at a local public broadcast station. Around the time I graduated high school I began to intern there and had a few chances to host my own show (very, very late at night).

When I turned 19, a couple national Russian radio networks were sold by the government and came under private ownership. I grew up in an ethnic Russian household, so i've always spoken fluently. I saw this as my chance and applied for a newly re-formatted station in Vladivostok - and was hired. I ended up working at two separate stations, taking full advantage of my knowledge of American and British bands, which was extremely popular in Siberia.

I did end up moving back to Cali in 2016, though I've regretted it pretty much the entire time. The plan is to move back some time in 2017 - money and international relations permitting.

So... What's all this got to do with While I was living in Vladivostok some pretty strange stuff happened to me. I've always believed in "ghosts." Living in Siberia, you almost have to. The culture is ancient and full of superstition, and the dark, gothic Orthodox church does nothing to curb it. I figure some of you may be interested in reading about what I've experienced while living there.
Ghost Stories from Dreyk

Ghosts In The Siberian Forest on 2017-10-11

It took several weeks to terminate our lease at the apartment complex. We only returned to the flat for brief visits to collect belongings. As neither of us had really provided any furniture, that wasn't a big deal. Clothing, electronics, some decorative "junk" we had collected together to enhance t...

No One "lives" Next Door on 2017-10-10

Life in Russia was a lot like life in the US. The similarities between the way people spoke, what they said, how they dressed, what they liked to do for fun, was pretty much spot on. There were some "odd" differences that took way more time to get used to than I was happy about. One time, I went to ...

Noise Annoyance on 2017-02-10

Dealing with the strange odor in my kitchen and sometimes dining room was an ongoing issue. I tried chemical deodorizers, and scented candles, incense, etc. It always seemed to come back. Then, one day - with no more warning than I'd had when it started... It was over (at least for a few months). Th...

The Stench on 2017-01-20

I had been living in my *new* apartment for just over a month now and it was still almost totally empty. There was plenty of furniture in the basement to choose from, but I was always drained. I had left all my friends and 98% of my family behind when I moved from California to Vladivostok and I was...

The Move on 2017-01-02

I was born in the US, but moved to the far-eastern Primorsky Territory in Russia to follow a dream. For more info on that, you can check out my profile. This was my first experience after moving to the "mother land". It was February 2012, and I was 19. I'd only been in Russia for the last month o...

Last 20 posts from Dreyk
Jubeele... The plan right now is to return to Vladivostok in January and stay for at least a few months. One of the very first things I want to do is go back to the apartment and see what happened. I regret I never kept in touch with anyone else who lived there.

Babushka wasn't the only one with some really twisted stories about the area, the entire village had them. A couple kilometers from that village was actually a sister village once upon a time. Most of the population was wiped out during an influenza epidemic, so they simply packed up the survivors and abandoned the town. Depending on who you spoke with, the villagers remembered different names for the town and how it met its end. Most of them simply referred to it as "mert-vaya derev-nya" (the dead village).
Date: 2017-10-21
The walls were plaster, which generally is a little better at soundproofing than sheet rock. We had a corner unit, so we only shared one wall with our friends' flat and the other wall with the corridor. To answer, YES I very much wish they had asked about it earlier. Looking back though it was probably good for us to move. We ended up finding a much better place.

After speaking to our friends, we never spent the night in that building again.
Way back in the 1950's... What? Seems like there was one more thought that didn't quite make it into the story. There are still countries that use institutions like Pennhurst with "varying" degrees of success.

You see news stories from back in the day (70s, 80s) talking about the terrible conditions in these asylums. You see people on the floor, covering their eyes and ears and rocking in what looks almost like terror. How much of that was due to the haunting activity. If you think about it, these hospitals have pretty much always been haunted - it comes with the territory. So, you have thousands of already distressed people, locked in their cells all night with who knows what kind of terrifying activity going on. As scary as it might be to visit one of these places now, after its been long abandoned. What must it have been like for the patients...
Date: 2017-10-11
Wow EmmalineTexas... Now there's an old skool idea about what it could have been. Thats really cool and I'd never considered that. Supposedly Domovoi like to live in the house's stove and watch over things. Actually, according to Russian folklore every house in the world has one. Depending on how they're treated they may protect the family or act more like a poltergeist. I'd probably be more inclined to believe it was a traditional ghost, rather than a creepy bearded gnome spirit who protected homes from their owners... Who knows though, maybe the ancient slavs were on to something.
Date: 2017-10-10
I've never really understood the 3am thing either. What time zone are the ghosts using? It's always 3:00am somewhere in the world. Does the demonic participate in daylight savings time?
Date: 2017-10-10
Very interesting story. I lived only a few kilometers from the North Korean border while living in Russia. We actually took the ferry to South Korea several times. It was an amazing place. I remember there were several "skeleton spirits" in the Korean and Japanese cultures that had specific meanings themselves... The Gashadokuro for example was a starving skeleton creature the Japanese believed came from unclaimed remains left on a battlefield. The skeleton figure its self might be significant maybe to something your mother heard as a child. A folktale or legend...

I completely understand having two minds with two languages. I grew up speaking Russian at home, but when I moved to Vladivostok no one could understand me. I ended up trying to speak with a "Russian" accent but everyone thought I was from Serbia or Romania... Guess i'd seen too many Dracula movies. It did come over time though, and after a couple years things were pretty much effortless. Then of course I moved back to the US and confused the hell out of a McDonalds clerk when I ordered entirely in Russian... She just looked at me puzzled and confused, smiled and said "sorry I don't speak German..."
Date: 2017-02-02

I did find out what happened to the couple. Their conditional work visa expired and for whatever reason, it wasn't extended. So, they were both deported back to Vietnam. That its self is pretty weird. They must have either failed to apply for the extension... Or, were rejected for some reason but that's a little odd since the cable installer said they had been in-country for years. Possibly tax violations (that's a big deal) or one of them committed a crime... I doubt they were given much time to pack.

The furniture was removed by the building staff, they just forgot to check the closets.
Date: 2017-01-30
valkricry - there were no heating ducts. Heat in all units were provided by hot water radiators...

Well, I'm glad I wasn't the only one stumped by these events. Whatever it was, seems to have played a nice little trick on me.

Thanks all for your comments!
Date: 2017-01-28
Erebras & elnoraemily - I've heard the smell of old blood stains described as having a "metallic" odor. So, I suppose it could be that. I've never been exposed to something like that, so I'd have no way of comparing. It was definitely sickening...

KikiGirl - Over the course of the couple years I lived in that apartment, the smell kept coming back, at random every few months. So, I had plenty of time to sit around and dwell on what the cause might be. Building maintenance said they'd never smelled anything like it before, they actually seemed pretty shocked when they were exposed to it. That would generally rule out the issue coming from another apartment. I suppose it could have been an outside source, being carried by the wind. But why would it only manifest in my kitchen - not near any of the windows. The odor also occurred in the winter time, when the ground outside was covered in 2 meters of snow and temps hovered around -15C...

This was definitely not my only experience at the apartment.
A surgical wing wouldn't close down because of a single incident. That's what malpractice insurance is for. More likely, the hospital had a longer history of malpractice that made them un-insurable. There's probably a much more dark history there than you were told. That incident may also have been the "final straw."

In Russia, there is a belief that buildings have a purpose and that purpose doesn't really change over time. A bank is always a bank, an office building is always that, and a hospital is always a hospital. If the purpose needs to change - the entire building is torn down. Some of the strange aura you experienced when entering that abandoned surgical wing, may have been disappointment. The missed potential from the combined energies of all the people who worked to build it, worked there, the community. All that potential, and now it sits empty... If the dead can haunt a place, certainly the living can as well. 😉
Thank you for your story. The photo was very interesting as well. I suffered from exactly the same "scratches" which always seemed to appear overnight after I had slept. I searched the internet extensively for an answer and learned that they're actually extremely common. They have explanations ranging from ghosts, to demons, to aliens... I finally tracked my particular cause down to something FAR less sinister... My showering routine. The building I lived in was rather old, and particulates of sand were coming through the pipes while I showered. They would get embedded in my washcloth and I'd actually be inadvertently scratching myself while I washed, the marks matching finger positions as of course the fingers were pushing the sand against my skin. In the morning, after waking up the scratches had time to set overnight while the skin dried out and VOILA... Mystery scratches... They have in-line filters for shower heads you might want to look into...
Date: 2017-01-01
It was probably interested in you because you were acknowledging it. Fearing it... Some people (I included) believe that "spirits" can draw on a person's energy and you were probably keeping it pretty well fed. Over time, little by little you probably forgot about it and eventually it retreated to wherever it had been before this started.