Monthly Archives: August 2012

Adventures at Peterhof

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  Just a short boat ride away from St. Petersburg is Peterhof Palace, a creation of Peter the Great. Home to gorgeous gardens and some crazy beautiful fountains. When Shannon and I woke up to a bright sunny morning in St. Petersburg, we knew we had to make the trip. Apparently you can also get to Peterhof via the metro, but the boat is faster and a bit nicer and we opted for that on the sunny day. Much like the rest of Russia, entrance to Peterhof involves multiple tickets. We just bought the entrance ticket and headed into the … Read More

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The ABCs and 123s of Russian Trains

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  As you read this, I am traveling halfway across the world on the Trans – Mongolian Railroad. This trip will take us from Moscow, Russia, through Siberia, through Mongolia and finish up in the Beijing China. We have several stops along and way but for the most part it will be lots of nights on the train, no showers, no internet, minimal privacy and hopefully lots of Russian Vodka. Obviously I’ve never ridden the Trans-Mongolian before, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. However, Shannon and I did get a chance (thanks to some missed flights) to take … Read More

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From Russia With Love – Part I

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Shannon has a friend who rode the Trans – Siberian with a friend last year. The two of them went all through Russia on the train and her friend has given us a lot of good tips for our upcoming ride. He has also given us a mission – he wants us to send postcards to his friend from an anonymous Russian admirer. The idea is to make this friend believe (well sort of) that some random Russia girl met and fell in love with him on the train and is now sending him longing post cards from half a … Read More

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Soul Kitchen Hostel Junior – St. Petersburg’s Best Hostel

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As you know, we had a slightly rocky start to our Russia trip.  We arrived in St. Petersburg tired, dirty and feeling down. We had been traveling for over 40 hours and just wanted to rest. Thankfully, we arrived at probably the best hostel I have ever stayed at- the Soul Kitchen Hostel Jr. It was like walking into a really friendly oasis. The hostel is adorable – its obvious the owners took a lot of care with building and decorating the place. When we got a tour of the hostel, we were told that most of the fixtures are … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: Dave and Vicky from “A Couple Travelers”

This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Dave and Vicky  from “A Couple Travelers” share there story of misadventure.  Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: We’re Dave and Vicky, two adventure travelers gearing up for a 2 year trip through Asia and Europe. We’ve been dating for about 5 years now (since high school on and off…currently on). We reside in Washington DC where Vicky works as an accountant and I work as a … Read More

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Russia – It’s like being illiterate

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  My friend Kate warned me time and time again how difficult it would be to get around in Russia since I didn’t know the language. Well. She was correct. Moscow was impossible. I was only there for about 2 hours and it was a hot mess. No one spoke any English and I can’t read any of the signs, tickets, directions, etc. As a guy I met in our hostel so accurately put it – It’s like being illiterate. As I mentioned in my last post, a slight disaster upon arrival meant that we spent our first night in … Read More

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You would think we’ve never done this before

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Our first day in Russia was a true disaster. It started off well enough. Our flights left DC okay and our connection in Germany went fine. We arrived at noon in Moscow, picked up our luggage and breezed through customs. We had an onward flight booked to St. Petersburg so we headed to the departure area and looked around for Aeroflot, our airline. After 10 minutes of fruitless searching, we finally asked someone at another airline for help. He then informed me, with a mixture of pity and amusement, that we were at the wrong airport. Did you know Moscow … Read More

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Our Russia Itinerary

If you read this blog, you know by now that I am in Russia! And although I’ve given you an overview of my entire trip itinerary, I haven’t broken down my Russia plans for you yet. So here it is! We are actually flying into Moscow and then immediately flying to St. Petersburg. Obviously, this isn’t ideal and we would have liked to fly strait to St. Petersburg, but since we used miles to purchase our tickets, this was the only option. Our tickets to Moscow were $48 and our onward tickets to St. Petersburg were $110. Once we arrive … Read More

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Packing for my 5 month trip

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As you are reading this, Shannon and I are starting the first day of our RTW trip in St. Petersburg. It’s been a crazy couple of days – moving out of our apartment, packing for our trip, finishing our last days of work and saying goodbye to family and friends. If you had asked me a few months ago which of these things would have been the least difficult, I would have hands down said “packing for the trip.” How many trips have I packed for? How many times have a waiting until the midnight hours before, thrown a few … Read More

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Misadventure Monday: Heather from “Ginger Nomads”

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This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Heather  from “Ginger Nomads” share her story of getting sick in Mongolia. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: I grew up in the wilds of Northern British Columbia, Canada. And I’m a ginger, ranga, redhead (depending on your slang preference). I am currently at home in said Northern wilds, after spending 9 months in Asia, Australia, and Guatemala. In October I head back to Oz. Describe your … Read More

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