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: 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: Inside the Hermitage

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

As the second largest museum in the world, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. For me, though, I probably enjoyed the interior of the building itself more […]

7 Super Shots From 7 Months

Happy seven month travel-versary to me! Yep, as of Saturday I have been on the road a whopping seven months. I am now past my halfway point, a thought that brings me a mix of […]

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 […]

Touring the Diamond Rooms

I should probably start this with a disclaimer that the entire time I was in the Diamond Rooms at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, I thought I was in the Gold Rooms. I […]

Five Favorite Things in St. Petersburg

Petrodvorets, Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia

This was one tough list to narrow down. I really loved St Petersburg and I fear that the rest of the country may be a bit of a letdown after spending five weeks in such […]

My Savior in St. Petersburg: The Apple Hostel

Apple Hostel

  It may sound like an exaggeration to say that the Apple Hostel in St. Petersburg saved my trip at this point, but in a way it did.   After spending the previous month in […]