I know what I said. Turns out I lied and ran a half marathon. Why it happened (a.k.a. folding like a cheap suit) Five months ago, I ran my first 10K. It took about a month and a half of training. I ran until I thought my lungs would explode, and I checked it off my bucket … Continue reading How I inadvertently became one of those crazy runners
How time flies. After looking forward to this trip for so long, it's strange and a little sad to think that my Bucket List Trip to Russia has come to an end. What can I say? The post-travel blues are real, and I've got 'em bad. That's part of the reason it's taken me a good … Continue reading Day 15-16: Helsinki and Homebound
I didn't want to say goodbye to Riga, but we still had one more Baltic state capital awaiting us -- Tallinn, Estonia! To be honest, Riga really raised the bar for me. It was the only city post-Russia that the really had me enamoured. I know, big shoes to fill, eh? No surprise then that … Continue reading Day 14: Last stop, Tallinn
This is it, the city I consider to be the jewel of the Baltics based solely on my brief visit. We said farewell to Vilnius and headed to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Before crossing the border, we took a slight detour to fit in one last stop in Lithuania. Welcome to what's known as the Hill of Crosses. … Continue reading Day 12-13: Riga, you are all kinds of beautiful
I can't say I was too upset to be leaving Belarus. The Baltics are up next, beginning with the largest state, Lithuania. For a capital city, Vilnius isn't big and bustling, but it's got a cheery small-town charm. After Minsk, it was good to see some vibrant, decorated facades again. For some good examples, just … Continue reading Day 11: Lithuania, let the Baltics begin!
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)
Hello from Vilnius, Lithuania! We just crossed the border from Belarus a couple of hours ago. I'll have those details, along with our travels in Minsk, soon. In the meantime, as promised, here are some highlights from our short stay in Moscow. Three nights is hardly enough in this city. While we were in St. … Continue reading Days 4-8: How Russia stole my heart (Part 2)