An Independent Traveler’s Guide to Russia

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Moscow

  Why Travel to Russia?   Putting aside the political issues, Russia is simply a fascinating and diverse country. From the imperial capital of St. Petersburg and the bustling metropolis of Moscow to the natural […]

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Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Moscow

I have written before about my affection for guidebooks, as sources of both information and inspiration. While I rarely leave home without my Lonely Planet guides, one of my favorite guidebook publishers for inspiration is DK Eyewitness Travel. My affinity for DK guides is in large part due to the visual effects throughout the books that make destinations come alive. From colorful pictures to detailed, three-dimensional diagrams of attractions, DK’s guides really help me picture what I might potentially want to do or see when I visit a place.

A Traveler’s Guide to the Trans Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok, Russia

Crossing Russia on the Trans Siberian Railway is on many traveler’s bucket lists. I flew to Vladivostok and spent a month taking the train all the way back to Moscow, making multiple stops along the […]

Russia in Retrospect

Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

It has been more than a year since I first set foot in Russia. Twenty months since I first arrived in the country that inspired my whole trip in the first place. Eighty-three weeks since […]

The Great Haircut Smackdown: USA vs. the World

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-October, I nervously sat down on a black leather chair in a hair salon on the outskirts of Moscow and held my breath. I had been on the road for […]

So How’s My Russian?

Russian books

I first studied Russian in college, which was a long time ago. I was majoring in Russian & East European Studies and one of the requirements was to learning Russian language. The fact that the […]

Summing Up the Trans-Siberian

Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok, Russia

Traveling along the Trans-Siberian Railway was definitely the highlight of my three months in Russia. While I loved St. Petersburg, my train journey gave me the unique opportunity to see more of Russia in one […]