Days 9-10: From Moscow to Minsk (the rude awakening)

As I write this, we're driving through the piney forests of Latvia, up the coast of the Baltic Sea. We've said goodbye to Riga, Latvia, and now it's onwards and upwards to our final Baltic capital -- Tallinn, Estonia. Seeing as I have about four hours to kill while bumping along on a bus, I'll … Continue reading Days 9-10: From Moscow to Minsk (the rude awakening)

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Day 4-8: How Russia stole my heart (part 1)

The last five days have completely and utterly spectacular. Five jam-packed days to see as much as possible in the beautiful cities of St.Petersburg and Moscow. I can't get enough! Everything about Russia has been bigger and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Five days is hardly enough to see all that St. Petersburg … Continue reading Day 4-8: How Russia stole my heart (part 1)

Day 3: Russia, we meet at last

We've officially crossed the Russian border! Even as I'm typing now, I can't believe I'm sitting in a Russian hotel on Russian ground, breathing Russian air. Believe me, there was much rejoicing on my part when we cleared all three Russian checkpoints and finally got the green light. This is happening, people! Dreams are coming … Continue reading Day 3: Russia, we meet at last

Bucket List Trip (Day 1 & 2): Hello, Helsinki!

The first time I remember thinking, "I'm going to Russia one day" must've been eight years ago when I was 16. I could fill entire libraries trying to explain what it is that did me in -- the history, the politics, the architecture, the culture, the people -- but in the end, I simply and completely fell … Continue reading Bucket List Trip (Day 1 & 2): Hello, Helsinki!