Breathing in Northern Asia
Jul22

Breathing in Northern Asia

A short story to cool you off It’s late July, North America’s just endured its worst heat wave of the year so far, and I can’t wait for things to cool off. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you already know my affinity for cold weather. Otherwise, “The Polar Route” says it all. I wrote this in bed before I slept in Tyumen, Russia in February of this year. I took short breaks as I wrote,...

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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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What’s Your Favorite Country in the World?
Jun02

What’s Your Favorite Country in the World?

One of the first things I’m asked when people find out I travel is, “what’s your favorite country?” Most travelers I know can’t answer this question, and I never could either. There’s far too much awesomeness out there to pick just one place. And then I went to Mongolia. Mongolia is my favorite country in the world. Here’s why: It’s weird What can I say, I’m a fan of weird. I have...

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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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Running a Winter Marathon… In Siberia. On Ice.
Apr01

Running a Winter Marathon… In Siberia. On Ice.

…why? I try to seek out new and unique experiences when I travel, so I was very intrigued when I found out about the Baikal Ice Marathon a year and a half ago. I was returning from my first trip on the Trans Siberian Railway at the time, and I figured it’d be totally unrealistic to return so soon to a place as far away as Lake Baikal. That changed last year when I said “screw it” and I signed up for it anyway,...

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