- Reverse Culture Shock: The Grocery StoreGoing to our local Target grocery store was a huge reverse culture shock. GLUTEN FREE EVERYTHING! Pasta, soy sauce, frozen meals. PRE-MADE EVERYTHING! Salsa, hummus, tortillas, instant mac and cheese, cuts of unrecognizable meat. In Russia, pre-made stuff Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | May 10, 2013
- Reverse Culture ShockWell, I've put off writing this for about three and a half weeks. Probably because I don't even know where to begin. So, I guess I'll just take the plunge and see where the next couple blog posts ends Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | May 9, 2013
- Episode 8: Tomsk to YekaterinburgEpisode 8: Tomsk to Yekaterinberg 9 September 2012
A dull day with angst
Yekaterinberg. The last city I would visit in Siberia as once you pass over the Ural Mountains, you are geographically and potenti Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Apr 8, 2013
- Last Minute VisaI’ve messed up. Twice! Avoidable mistakes that are keeping me awake for the second night in a row. The first mistake was committed back home, weeks before I left Denmark. I deliberately applied for a Russian visa lasting longer than Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Mar 16, 2013
- Why I Never Want Another Panera Asiago Roast Beef SandwichOn February 29, 2012, I ate my last Panera Asiago Roast Beef sandwich.
The next day I was diagnosed with Celiac disease.
Celiac disease according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine is a “condition that damages the lining of Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Mar 16, 2013
- The Legends are True!The Trans-Siberian has always been the stuff of legend to travellers. Though I honestly imagined some of the stories; the welcoming people, the hospitality, the feeling of distance, and the time that flies to be just that – legend, from Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Mar 13, 2013
- The Ural Mountains: Where Credit Cards stop workingTravel writers often believe that: “You [the reader] don’t want to hear about the traveller’s fun; what keeps you reading is the traveller’s misery, outrage and near-death experience.” (Poul Theroux: The Tao of Travel)
I tend to agree. The Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Mar 8, 2013
- Departure![float=left][/float]The day has finally arrived were I’m stepping aboard the most famous rail way in the wo Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Mar 5, 2013
- Arriving 101It’s around 21:40 and I’ve just arrived at the international bus station in Kaliningrad. Unfortunately is it about 2.2 kilometres outside the city centre where my hostel is.
I’ve not really heard anything bad about Kaliningrad or any warnings about being Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Feb 22, 2013
- Episode 7: Taiga to TomskEpisode 7: Taiga to Tomsk 8 September 2012
Even more birch trees; the elusive hostel; even more wooden houses and windows; students galore; marriages galore
I quite enjoy the writings of Anton Chekov. So with interest Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Feb 28, 2013
- Worlds apart in Northwest RussiaMurmansk: A grey, concrete, working class, mining city and Russia’s most important port.It’s a rough city, with a rough population. Free time from the mining and port work are spent equally between vodka sipping and outdoor recreation.[float=right][img=ht Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Feb 7, 2013
- Glimpse from the North Russian railThe scenery outside the window shifts between snow covered pine forest and a landscape of small hills dotted with much lower and more widespread trees – also covered in snow. Overall snow and trees are the norm here in Northern Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Feb 5, 2013
- Episode 6: Krasnoyarsk to TaigaEpisode 6: Krasnoyarsk to Taiga 6 September 2012
A pleasant surprise; celebrity status; the fabulous foursome; where I discover major highlights
0415 rise....a totally brain dead hour but this was one of the few trains I t Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Feb 18, 2013
- What can we learn from seven billion teachers?I've recently been thinking a lot about an idea my host mom and sister taught me: the idea every single person has the potential to be your teacher.
And that, ladies and gents, is the biggest reason why I love to Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Feb 17, 2013
- Roadtrip Russia (5) "Road of Bones" -50° to -62°C
Please point on map for city names or to zoom in:
[b]Russia's M56: "Highway from Hell" and "Road of Bones"
4.200 km through the Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Feb 14, 2013
- С новым годом. Happy New Year's.Unlike in America, where Santa Claus reigns supreme during the month of December, New Year's (Новый Год) is the most important winter holiday in Russia. In other words, instead of a Christmas tree Russians have a New Years tree (ёлочка). Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Feb 8, 2013
- Episode 5: A side trip to YeniseyskEpisode 5: Side trip to Yeniseysk 2 September 2012
Lots of wooden houses; flat land and river; dogs; a slow wander; the mysteriously missing museum
I had read that the town of Yeniseysk, a town about 340 km to the north of Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Jan 30, 2013
- Roadtrip Russia (1) Murmansk - Machackala - Magadan-
Our objective was to see as many Russian republics, oblasts, krais and other entities as possible ... driving by car ... all the way from Murmansk (Arctic Ocean) to Machackala (Caspian Sea) to Magadan (Pacific Ocean).
The total distance driven Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Oct 12, 2012
- Roadtrip Russia (3) World War North Front to Murmansk
2.000 km from St. Petersburg via Murmansk to Kirkenes (then another 550 km to the Nordkapp)
The Kola Highway M Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Dec 13, 2012
- BuinskWhere to start!
The past month and a half has been very busy and very awesome! I'll catch you all up to date on what's been going on in Kazan the next couple days. Today you get to learn about our Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Jan 14, 2013
- Episode 4: Irkutsk to KrasnoyarskEpisode 4: Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk 30 August 2012
Minor panic; Nirvana; Stolby Nature Reserve
Success. My first Russian train and I managed to get on with only minor panic. Caught the No. 1 tram from near the Baikhal H Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Dec 22, 2012
- Roadtrip Russia (4) TransSiberia to Chita in Winter
The TransSiberian Highway in winter.
Much mileage, few pictures (sorry).
6.250 km in 5 days.
Drove mostly in the dark as sunrise in Siberia is usually at 10 a.m. and sunset at 5 p.m. Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Dec 13, 2012
- From Russia with gloves.... (and a scarf)I’m not sure what I was expecting in Russia. Snow, people plagued by old soviet injuries lining the streets begging for money, perpetual all expansive greyness or alley ways lined with spies.
It’s not really that at all. It is actually Posted by kayles in The Orsum Adventures | Dec 12, 2012
- Episode 3: A side trip to Lake Baikal
Episode 3: A side trip to Lake Baikal 26 August 2012
Lots of rain; outdoors museum; hike to the lake; a lovely boat trip
It is pissing down with rain. And not just a 'let's clean the dust off the leaves' shower, Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Dec 8, 2012
- Episode 2: Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk
Episode 2: Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk 24 August 2012
Lessons learned; Mrs Maya; Bathroom Rules; first glimpses
First lesson learned about travelling by overnight train.....never pack your jammies and toothbrush at the bottom of y Posted by IvaS in Overland Ulaanbaatar to Seattle | Dec 2, 2012