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Category Archives: Russia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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