Monthly Archives: September 2017

Irkutsk to Ulan-Bator – 31 hour train ride and not bad!

In the beginning this train trip was looking like another fine mess I’d gotten myself into.  None of the schedule boards had anything in English.  In fact they didn’t have anything even in an alphabet other than Russian.  Which made … Continue reading

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Making My Last Day in Irkutsk Count

  The hotel arranged for me to hire a taxi for the day to visit some sites I could not reach by walking.  My first destination was the Open Air Museum of Taltsy.  The museum has gathered wooden architecture from … Continue reading

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Irkutsk – Worth The Train From Hell? Yes! But Next Time I Fly

After three long hot, boring, tedious and painful days and nights on the Trans-Siberian Express I was glad to roll into Irkutsk before 7am.  I caught a taxi to my hotel only to find I couldn’t check in and get … Continue reading

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Three Boring Days and Nights on the Trans-Siberian Express Train

I’m not sure why I thought this would be a good idea but clearly I had way too much vodka.  Three days and nights of train travel with only 20 minutes of fresh air and walking two or three times … Continue reading

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Moscow – The Soul of Mother Russia

This was my second visit to Moscow and again, I have limited my exploration to the Kremlin grounds and the Red Square environs.  I’m sure there are plenty of additional sites to see in the greater Moscow metro area but … Continue reading

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Six weeks of rest Time to hit the road for Siberia, Mongolia, and China

 When last I shared my travels, I was heading home after wandering aimlessly through Eastern Europe and Central Asia for eight weeks.  Since that epic trip I spent two weeks on the Continental Divide in Colorado hiking hard and dieting … Continue reading

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