Finland

WELL FED IN FINLAND

We hadn't even reached the Russia-Finland border and I was already enjoying my first Karelian pie. Riding the train from Saint Petersburg to Helsinki, I was finally entering familiar territory and would soon...
Pilgrim Hostel - Vladimir, Russia
4.0

HOSTEL REVIEW: PILGRIM HOSTEL

On the way to Moscow along the Trans-Mongolian we made a short stop to Vladimir, which at one time was the ancient capital of Russia. The small city didn't seem to have many hostel options, so we booked with...
During our short stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we visited the Hermitage, (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the flea market at Udelnaya and took a lovely, evening boat ride.

FAVORITE CHURCHES OF RUSSIA

While passing through Russia it's hard to not notice the many spires of Russian Orthodox Cathedrals scattered throughout the country. Each one is unique with richly decorated interior walls and iconic onion...
During our short stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we visited the Hermitage, (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the flea market at Udelnaya and took a lovely, evening boat ride.

PHOTO GALLERY: SAINT PETERSBURG

During our short stay in Saint Petersburg, Russia, we visited the Hermitage, (Winter Palace), Peter and Paul Fortress, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the flea market at Udelnaya and took a lovely,...
When visiting Moscow, we loved Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin so much that we visited them repeatedly.

RED SQUARE

Being an 80s baby that grew up in the west, my perception of Red Square was always a rather gloomy one--a cloudy sky over dingy brick buildings with maybe a military parade filling the cobblestone square. Even...
Trans Mongolian Railway

LESSONS LEARNED ON THE TRANS-MONGOLIAN

Stepping off the train in Moscow, we officially ended our journey on the Trans-Mongolian Railway, (although we'll have plenty more time on trains, from here to St. Petersburg and onto Helsinki). What started...
Yekaterinburg - Like Hostel
3.1

HOSTEL REVIEW: LIKE HOSTEL

We arrived in Yekaterinburg after a 56 hour long ride from Irkutsk along the Trans-Mongolian. As you could imagine, we needed a nice break from the train. We should have booked a private room for that very...
Yekaterinburg, Vladimir, Russia, Travel in Russia, Trans Siberian, Trans Mongolian Railway, Trans Siberian Railway, Stops along the Trans Siberian, where to stop on the trans siberian, travel, backpacking, travel photography, Golden Ring, Eastern Orthodox Churches,

PHOTO GALLERY: YEKATERINBURG TO VLADIMIR

On our journey westward on the Trans-Mongolian (Trans-Siberian) Railway we made quick stops in the towns of Yekaterinburg and Vladimir to break up the long train rides. There we explored some wonderful and...
Gear review of North Face Horizon Folding Bill Cap.
4.4Warm Weather Clothing

GEAR REVIEW: THE NORTH FACE HORIZON FOLDING BILL CAP

Too early for a Mark Johnston Gear of the Year Award? Maybe... then again maybe not. This is my first gear review for the bunches of clothes, electronics and random assortment of other junk I stuffed and...