- 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
- Positive Scripting
5. “Rest Assured Mr……”
6. “I do understand the inconvenience you have faced……”
7 Posted by Jetzy's Crib in Verbiage Playbook | Nov 30, 2012
- Livin' the Хорошую Жизнь in KazanHello all!
I can't believe I've been in Kazan almost three months now—only six more left! My life here has settled into a routine (which is comforting) with just enough surprises to keep me on my toes (also comforting).
The past Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Nov 20, 2012
- $10 St. Petersburg visitThe ship was docked in the Marine Facade where everything is far. And the day before we conquer St. Petersburg, we did a lot of researching and luckily found a nice tourist information girl in the next terminal were we Posted by Crucerong Hilaw in Crucerong Hilaw | Nov 17, 2012
- Europe AdventureDear Journal,
I had a wonderful time in Ireland. Next i'm going somewhere bigger. This country I studied back in middle school the language and all. This country is Russia. Posted by lopeza1993 in Europe Adventure | Oct 29, 2012
- Viva La MusicaImagine a blond, middle-aged Russian opera singer. She bangs a chair violently on the ground, mumbles something, and yells “NYET!” The choir looks scared (except for me and the other Americans because we have no idea what she's saying). Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Oct 25, 2012
- There’s No Answer for That…As we near the end of the Russian leg of our trip we realize that there are things that puzzle us here:
To obtain a Russian visa it is necessary to provide an invitation from all of the hotels you will Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 21, 2012
- Wish You Were Here?
Why not hang up your hiking boots, slip on your Speedo, and join us on the beach in Listvyanka – Siberia’s answer to the Côtes d’Azur…
Just look at all that lovely icy water in Lake Ba Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 19, 2012
- If Split Ends Could Talk, What Would They Say?If split ends could talk, what would they say? They would tell you about the year they spent getting fried by the equatorial sun. They would tell you about the two Halloweens they got stuffed into bump-its and socks to Posted by robinx18 in From Columbus to Kazan | Oct 18, 2012