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 […]

Saturday Scenes: Moscow at Night

Moscow, Russia

I admit, I didn’t always love Moscow.  While some aspects eventually grew on me, for the most part it just felt like any other big city. But I did love getting a night-time walking tour […]

Saturday Scenes: World’s Largest Lenin Head

Ulan Ude, Russia

Statues of Lenin were a common sight as I traveled through the former Soviet Union. Giant Lenin heads, on the other hand, were a bit rare. This one in Ulan Ude, Russia is purported to […]

My Soviet Sojourn Bucket List: How Did I Do?

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Early on in my career break, I came up with a list of “must-do” activities or experiences for my travels through the former Soviet Union. These were some of the things that had been floating […]

Saturday Scenes: Siberian Squirrel

Stolby Nature Reserve, Russia

I had been hiking for nearly six hours in blow freezing temperatures in the Stolby Nature Reserve outside of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, when I spotted this guy. It was getting to be too cold for me, […]

Saturday Scenes: Autumn in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia

After spending five weeks in St. Petersburg last September and October, I firmly believe that autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit this historic Russian city. With the leaves changing […]

Saturday Scenes: Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal

Olkhon Island is the largest island in Lake Baikal – the deepest lake in the world. When I visited in November as part of my Trans-Siberian journey, I enjoyed sunny skies and mild temperatures on […]

Live from Tajikistan: My 10 Month Update Post

If all goes well, you will actually be reading this on or around my 10 month anniversary of traveling. I say that because I am writing it from the village of Shing, which is located […]