The Places I Long to Return To

The longer I’ve been home after my 13 month journey through the former Soviet Union, the more I’ve been thinking about the places I want to go back to.  As I ponder my future travel destinations, I am torn between discovering new places or returning to some of those that I am dying to explore …

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marshrutkas, Chisinau, Moldova

Mastering the Marshrutka

Marshrutka. In Russian, it means “fixed route.” In short, it is basically a mini-bus, the age, size and comfort of which may vary greatly. It is also the preferred method of public transportation in much of the former Soviet Union. Whether you are going across town, across the country, or across a border, chances are …

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Unconquered Man, Khatyn, Belarus

When Travel Makes You Think

Travel is often fun and relaxing – an escape from our everyday lives.  But travel can also be an eye-opening experience – an opportunity to gain perspective and learn about the rest of the world. Sometimes the most meaningful travel experiences occur when you visit a place that teaches you something new and changes the …

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