Category Archives: Russia

Borsch and Blini – Russian Food on a Budget

Someone asked me what Russian Cuisine was like and I had to answer that, as I have been eating on a budget and food has not been my priority, I probably can’t really say!  In hindsight I might have splashed … Continue reading

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Black Sea Coast – A perfect finish and setting a fresh sail….

With all of my Russian “Big Ticket Items” ticked off, I had finally been able to slow down a bit through Astrakhan and Elista and was starting to feel more relaxed. It was not that Russia was unrelaxing, there was … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of God – Part 2

The big hall was filled with people, shoes off at the door, some bowing and raising their joined hands together three times as they entered acknowledging the huge golden Buddha statue that dominated the opposite wall. Long low wooden benches … Continue reading

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Elista – A Little Cattle Car with a Big Heart

I wandered along to the “Return Memorial”  on a hill on the outskirts of town.  It commemorates the Kalmyk people who died on the long forced journey to Siberia and afterwards in the gulags and wilds of that unknown land … Continue reading

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Elista – Chess and Buddhism in South West Russia

In the bottom South West corner of Russia, just above the Caucusus mountains and loosely between Sochi (where the Winter Olympics will be held in February 2014), Astrakhan on the old Silk Route and the Caspian Sea, lies the Buddhist … Continue reading

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Astrakhan – Tatar Markets and Mosques

The Muezzin’s call to prayer rang out from the loud speakers of the local mosque over the wooden roof tops as the sun rose in Astrakhan. I was back in non-slavic Russia. Astrakhan sits on the Volga River near its … Continue reading

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Stalingrad! (Now Volgograd)

Volgograd (then Stalingrad) was flattened in World War Two. It has been completely rebuilt with Soviet-style grandeur – wide boulevards, monuments on every corner, and of course a few Lenins. Set on the Volga River, I found it surprisingly beautiful. … Continue reading

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Murmansk – The Arctic Circle and Snow!

It was all a bit crazy going up to the Arctic Circle knowing full well that it was an out and back trip and that there wasn’t a hostel or even a reasonably priced hotel in sight! Still, when you … Continue reading

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St Petersburg V – A Final Twirl

I just loved Moscow so much, Peter was always on the back foot from the time that I arrived! Maybe you really can have too much of a good thing. But the City grew on me the longer that I … Continue reading

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St Petersburg IV – Looking for Tony

The cemetary was huge. Over 60 hectares of yellow forest, leaves drifting to the earth like snow onto graves packed into the undergrowth. Karen had seen my blog when researching hers (www.herodad.wordpress.com). Her Dad and extended family, Americans, had had … Continue reading

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