What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People
Feb06

What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People

The media has been arriving in Sochi over the last week in advance of the Olympics, and it’s clear that there have been some surprises regarding Russian accommodation. The Olympics haven’t even started yet, and Twitter is already on fire with such “atrocities” as having to wait a bit for a room, tap water that’s not potable, having to throw used toilet paper into the wastebin instead of the toilet, and...

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New Destination Gallery: RUSSIA
Jun22

New Destination Gallery: RUSSIA

Twelve Cities, Six Weeks Worth of Travel The new Russia gallery is the culmination of about six weeks of travel through Russia on two separate trips. Cities included St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Tomsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Lake Baikal, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok. Travel between each city involved a cumulative 16 days worth of train riding on my two trips on the Trans Siberian Railway. A...

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Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway
Jun10

Instagram Pictures from the Trans Siberian Railway

Instagram is home to many, many photographers whose work really shines and I’ve been a fan ever since I spent the time to really give it a chance. Unlike most travel/photography bloggers, I rarely use it myself. I tend to either shoot with my DSLR or enjoy the travel experience without worrying about taking even more pictures. Still, every now and then I make the conscious effort to bust out my cell phone and snap a few shots....

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How to Travel on The Trans Siberian Railway
May28

How to Travel on The Trans Siberian Railway

Eight Days on a Train?! I had nothing but questions before I set off for my first trip on the Trans Siberian Railway: How do you spend 8 days on a train? Is it dangerous? What condition is the train in? Who are the other riders and what’s it like to share a train car with them? What are Siberian cities like? And on and on… Now, several months after completing my second trip on the Trans Siberian Railway and after a...

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Video! Welcome to the Trans Siberian Railway
Apr11

Video! Welcome to the Trans Siberian Railway

Welcome to my first video! It’s a summary of Trans Siberian train travel covering two separate trips – once westbound in late fall on the Trans Mongolian route from Shanghai to Moscow, and once eastbound in winter on the classic Trans Siberian route from Tallinn to Vladivostok. The video’s best watched in full screen (click the tv icon in the lower right hand corner). Please excuse the shaky camera – it’s...

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A February Walk Through Saint Petersburg, Russia in Pictures
Mar24

A February Walk Through Saint Petersburg, Russia in Pictures

Assuming you don’t mind the cold, February is a really great time to visit Saint Petersburg. Tourism is low so you’ll feel like you have the city all to yourself, and the city is decorated with the pretty white snow that Russia is known for. Just how cold is it? The average high is -3°C (26°F) with an average low of -8°C (16°F). Cold but not brutal, and certainly not much worse than any of the USA’s northern cities....

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