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From Russia With Love (Part II)


(Confused about what is going on here? Check out the first part here.) Our good friend Chuck received his second Russia love not from Moscow. As it turns out his Russian Lover is becoming even more enamored. Also its hard to find romantic themed Moscow postcards.

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Five days on the Trans-Mongolian


As I mentioned, as part of our journey through Siberia, we spent five days and four nights on an overnight train. One small compartment, three American girls, one random Russian guy, no showers. Of course we photo documented the experience. Day 1 – Freshly Showered and happy to be on the train Day 2- Still excited to be there. Also still changing our clothes. Day 3 – Hair is up by necessity. Shannon has stopped changing clothing. Day 4- Hair is REALLY up. Things are getting dicey. At least Shannon changed. Day 5 – Things are seriously rough. We’ve all … Read More

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Hostel Review: Chillax Hostel, Moscow, Russia


During the first week of our trip we spent three days in Moscow.  While in the city, we stayed in the Chillax Hostel which is located near central Moscow. We arrived in the city by train and were able to take the city’s metro and easily locate the hostel. As we walked from the metro station we ran into the owner who offered us a lift to the building.  Even though we arrived (much) earlier than check in time, the staff welcomed us and we were free to hang out, us the kitchen, check our email and relax. They even … Read More

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Adventures at Peterhof


  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


  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


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


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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Russia – It’s like being illiterate


  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


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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