9,288 km

9,288 km…over 5,000 miles. This represents the distance between Moscow and Vladivostok. It approximates the distance I traveled over the past month within Russia. Traveled—Wow, I am sad to already be using past tense. This journey taught me more than just about...

A Russian San Francisco?

They say that Vladivostok is the San Francisco of Russia, an incredible comparison to make. San Francisco is one of kind. Usually when this association is invoked, it is to convey similar visual features such as being neatly tucked alongside a body of water on gently...

The Trans-Siberian Cities Of Irkutsk And Ulan Ude

Both Irkutsk and Ulan Ude are cities that rest on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. They share common elements of the cities I have visited so far along the way. There seems to always be a Lenin Street with a monument to him. Monument to Lenin in Irkutsk Monument to Lenin...

Lake Baikal: An Oasis In Siberia?

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Siberia any more…” – Dorothy from Wizard of Oz…At least this is what Dorothy would have said had she stumbled by Lake Baikal on her Trans-Siberian trip. After a while the harsh, barren, snow-covered land dotted with...

Is There Enough Sociology In History?

Image retrieved from shared post on Facebook One important thing this trip is starting to make me realize is that we have removed too much sociology from history. That is to say we often discuss modern history without enough reflection on society. This approach makes...