10 Things I Think About 3 Months on the Road

Olkhon Island

Prior to this trip, the longest I had ever spent out of the country at one time was 23 days back in 2001. As of today, I have been traveling for 92 days. Three months. […]

Shopping Like a Local in Russia

As I walked through the Galeria Mall in the center of St. Petersburg, I couldn’t help but wonder where I was.  I passed a GAP. And a Nine West. And a Payless Shoe Source. Not […]

American Fast Food in Moscow

McDonald's, Moscow, Russia

As I travel, I have come to expect to see the golden arches of McDonald’s nearly everywhere I go. So I find it interesting to see what other American fast food chains have set up […]

It’s Always Sunny at Lake Baikal – Unless It’s Snowing

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal. The deepest lake in the world. Olkhon Island. The largest island in Lake Baikal. So what if I was visiting in the middle of November? When I first planned my trip to Russia […]

Suzdal: The Day Trip That Almost Wasn’t


I sat in the car, staring at nothing but semi-trucks and Ladas ahead of us and thought to myself:   “Someday, I will look back and laugh at the day I tried to go to […]

Construction, Congestion, Chaos and Cars

Construction. Congestion. Chaos. Cars. Those are the four words that will forever come to mind when I think of Vladivostok. Vladivostok is scheduled to host the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November 2012 and […]

62 Hours on a Train: The Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Ulan Ude

I arrived at the train station in Vladivostok over an hour ahead of my 10:30 p.m. departure – a result of the bus moving faster than expected (shocking!) and my own desire to be the […]

My Homestay Experience in Moscow

Christ the Saviour

After the way my volunteer and homestay experience started in St. Petersburg, I almost cancelled my participation in the Geovisions Conversation Corps program in Moscow altogether. I was afraid I would be stuck far outside […]