Perm 36 – Part Of The Gulag System

Perm 36 Guard House Me inside part of the Punishment Barracks Perm 36, known as the Memorial Center of Political Repression, is a former forced labor camp located near Perm, Russia. This camp was part of the system of prisons during the time of the Soviet Union, which...

Highlights From Yekaterinburg

Church On Blood This church is the very reason I stopped in Yekaterinburg. The Church On Blood was something that I remembered from high school. It is where the last Czar of Russia and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. The site used to be a house that the...

Cold, Snow, Wind, And Starbucks!

I took the train from Kazan to Yekaterinburg, which involved crossing two zones. Yekaterinburg is roughly one-thousand miles from Moscow and sits in the Ural mountains on the continental divide. I spent the afternoon with my new friend Jiang. Jiang is a Physics PHD...

“The Cool Sheriff” Mosque

Today, I ventured out in the snow toward the Kremlin in Kazan. The main difference between this Kremlin and the Moscow Kremlin is its construction of a white sandstone rather than red brick. Inside is the Qolşärif Mosque (pronunciation sounds like to “Cool-Sheriff”...

An Entourage Escort Back To The Station!

My impression of Russians based on my previous visit here was Russians were a cold, reserved people. In Moscow, I do not recall many smiles. The lack of helpful English signage did not give me a warm, welcoming impression. My visa application process was arduous,...