That Is Not A Tea Bag!

I would bet money that you probably have not heard of Cheboksary. It is not frequently mentioned in guidebooks, etc. Even the travel agency that helped me procure my train tickets does not list the city. It is one of those places that are overlooked unless you have a...

Moscow’s Underground “Palaces”

For a city as immense as Moscow, relying on public transit is a must. As a foreigner it is particularly empowering to be able to move around the city with such ease. Although the system does come with the challenge of reading the Cyrillic alphabet, English...

A Stolen Spotlight, A Welcomed But Unexpected Start

I thought the highpoint of embarking on another trek across Russia was going to be using all my gear and travel clothes again. I missed regularly being in my Merrell boots and wearing my Uniqlo clothes. I had been using them sparingly while home to preserve their...

Déjà Vu?

Sunrise As Viewed From Train I keep hearing the words: “Russia again? Really?” Yes! People are surprised that I am visiting Russia again. Honestly, I am surprised too. There is so much out there to see that I have not yet laid my eyes on. Does it make sense to go back...