Perm 36 – Russian Gulag (A Forced Labor Camp)

It has been one year since my visit to Perm – 36, a Russian Gulag. I noticed in my visitor analytics that some visitors to my site land here searching for information on this forced labor camp. Given the political climate here in the United States —...

The Time I Put On A Fashion Show…

Another train story! This time from Kazan overnight to Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2015. It was my second overnight leg heading toward Vladivostok. My train compartment wound up filled with three older Russians: a gentleman and a married couple. The close confines of the...

The Professor and Train

The following was on the way from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan, Russia during my 2015 Trip in Russia. My ticket was in Kupe class, Russian for second class. This level of service indicated a carriage with nine compartments comprised of four berths each. A window and...

Why Russia?

Sat next to a Russian on my plane departing Russia. Was able to snap this photo with our passports side by side. “Why do you come to Russia?” This would come to be a frequent question throughout my time in Russia, often very bluntly. There was a curiosity not just...

Yoshkar-Ola

After my visit to Cheboskary, Anna and her friends decided to take me to a small nearby city called Yoshkar-Ola. Upon arrival, I realized I had finally veered off the beaten path. This was the first city in Russia which the banks did not advertise international...

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...