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

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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!