Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Russia in Retrospect

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 I pulled up outside a ramshackle home on the outskirts of St. Petersburg to begin my three month adventure in …

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Saturday Scenes: Stray Cat in Irkutsk

While in Irkutsk, Russia, I stumbled upon a slew of cats outside of a church. Being the cat lover that I am, I couldn’t help but spend a good 10-15 minutes playing with them and taking a lot of pictures! They were all adorable, but this guy and his mesmerizing blue eyes especially stood out.

Trans-Siberian Railway, Vladivostok, Russia

Summing Up the Trans-Siberian

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 month than most Russians will probably see in their lifetimes. I outlined my itinerary before I began and now I …

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Irkutsk, Russia

Taking a Break in Irkutsk

  Most people barely spend two days in Irkutsk, much less two weeks.   I initially planned a short stop as well, but when I heard about an opportunity to volunteer with the Great Baikal Trail organization, I thought a longer stay would be worth my while. I reached out to GBT in September and …

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