- The blue lagoonKazan is the capital of Tatarstan, which is actually a republic inside the federation of Russia. The people who live here are Tatars and Russians, hence you see and hear both languages over there (and in public transport some things Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Jun 9, 2015
- The OldNevayansk, December 29th 2014
Remember [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/178/|Sergey]] and [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/180/|Ludmila]] in Tavolgi, the pottery village? They were followers of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Bel Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jun 7, 2015
- Do They Eat Chili?Yekaterinburg, December 29th 2014
A friend from my home country Whatsapped me: "Do they have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambal|sambal]] over there?"
What? Sambal? To any country, any city I go, I always check out the coffee in restaurants Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jun 5, 2015
- Mold and SoldNizhniye Tavolgi, December 29th 2014
On the other side of [[http://callmesonja.travellerspoint.com/178/|Sergey's workshop]] was Ludmila's studio for another method of ceramic art. We'll see.
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/250384/large_PV031- Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jun 3, 2015
- Pottery StoryNizhniye Tavolgi, December 29th 2014
80 kilometers away from Yekaterinburg now, here we are in Nizhniye Tavolgi. In Google Maps (English version) it's just Tavolgi. I don't know why. The main and only purpose coming here was to see pottery Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jun 2, 2015
- To the Intercontinental Border: Asia - EuropeYekaterinburg, December 29th 2014
When I was in Istanbul, I had difficulty figuring out whether I was on the Asian side or on the European side.
But here, I can tell for sure wheth Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | Jun 1, 2015
- Gorky's Gone GloryGorky is the old name for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nizhny_Novgorod|Nizhni Novgorod]] (from 1932-1990) - once home to one of the bigger car manufactory plants from the company [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GAZ|GAZ]] in the former USSR. They have a m Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | Jun 1, 2015
- Russia: Final Thoughts Part IIThis is the reason why Russia is the way it is. This is my Poltergeist Theory of Russia.
I won't bore you with a grand history of this country but let's begin with 1989: Communism falls. This is followed by Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 31, 2015
- Russia: Final Thoughts Part IRussia is a complete contradiction. On the one hand, they have iphones and tablets and very modern subway ticketing systems. On the other hand, they still seem to do things the old-fashioned way - there is no such thing as Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 28, 2015
- Moscow the GrandWhile St Petersburg is a graceful ballerina, Moscow is a burly construction worker with no neck.
This city of almost 12 million people hurls along at breakneck speed, carrying all its Soviet History with it. While Peter the Great made it Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 26, 2015
- Living with the FearWhat is the most difficult part of living in Russia? Living with FEAR.
Now, I'm not speaking of the fear you might fall on your face and be impaled by a metal rod sticking straight out of the street. Or the Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 25, 2015
- Yeeha! Good Morning, Yeka!Yekaterinburg, December 29th 2014
"Eleven o'clock?? Since this is a private tour anyway, can't we start earlier so I can have more time to take pictures?"
"Okay. Ten o'clock then."
Then she preached me about how weather is in winter Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 25, 2015
- Gbye SPB!After three long and very cold, rainy months, it's time to say goodbye to St Petersburg!
Things I will not miss about St Petersburg: the weather. The dust. The smoke-filled sidewalks. The completely inefficient way decisions are made (or not made, Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 24, 2015
- Hermitage 101: Final MusingsHere is what I don't like about the Hermitage:
These people are all "in line" (if that's possible) to see ONE picture. They probably don't even know what the picture is called or who painted i Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 23, 2015
- Hello and Good Night to YekaterinburgYekaterinburg, December 28th 2014
I stepped off the train and paused. Are you kidding me? The platform was in complete opposite to Perm's just this morning. Am I still in Russia? The m Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 23, 2015
- Hermitage 101: Jupiter HallBear with me, just a few more Hermitage blogs to go!
First we have this dude (Jupiter) in the Jupiter Hall - from the 1st century:
The large Italian Skylight Room:
[img=http://photos.trav Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 23, 2015
- Flipping Pictures on the WindowFrom Perm to Yekaterinburg,
December 28th 2014
One of my favorite scenes on winter is the glow of sunshine on pristine snow. So I pushed away the beautifully set curtains on the window of my dining cart. If only I could push Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 21, 2015
- Rolling to YekaterinburgFrom Perm to Yekaterinburg, December 28th 2014
It looks like snow has done a good job carpeting the ground with immaculate white.
[img=http://photos.travellerspoint.com/250384/large Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 21, 2015
- Congratulations with the metro: 80 years!The Russian metro is great (quick, beautiful, cheap) and 80 years old already. This week I found out something pretty clever: when you are going towards the centre, a man announces the stations and when you leave the center it's Posted by boeien in 3 months in Eastern Europe | May 21, 2015
- My Hostel, the Plus and MinusPerm, December 25 - 28th 2014
I know I have said this. I consider lavishing budget on stary hotels a foolish way of traveling. Even if I'm a millionaire, I would better spend that extra portion on exploring more places. (I'm Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 20, 2015
- Blue, Green, Red, and a Little RomancePerm, December 26-27th 2014
Yuhuuu, its blue!
Seemingly well taken Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 20, 2015
- A Drop of Golden SunPerm, December 25-28th 2014
On the morning I had to leave Perm, I gazed my vision through my hostel's window. Far back there, is not an ocean, but a river. It's [[http://en.wikipedia.o Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 18, 2015
- Many Walks to RememberPerm, December 25-28th 2014
Originally I had planned to visit Kungur Ice Cave. Unfortunately, my travel agent in Yekaterinburg informed me that there were no tours available on my desired dates. They didn't have to tell me that it is not Posted by automidori in Call Me Sonja | May 18, 2015
- Go Canada Go!Are you enjoying the gold medal game between Canada and Russia as much as I am??????
Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 17, 2015
- Hermitage 101: Jordan Staircase and MoreWhoops, been a little neglectful on the Hermitage photos. I was able to go around and take some snaps (unfortunately I couldn't avoid the tourists).
This one is what everyone comes to see: the Jordan Staircase. It was named this Posted by SB Hermitage in Shelley at the Hermitage | May 17, 2015