Russia

Traveletting on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Moments pass like a blur through the scratched window of my airport taxi. Communist tower blocks, Russian lettering, illuminating lights at the street side, and then blackness as far as the eye could see. Ulaan Baatar was the beginning of my trip through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia, and upon first landing, the city was like no other part of Asia I had previ[...]

A beginner's guide to Russia

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Matryoshkas, Vodka, Communism. If these are your first associations with Russia, think again. The world's largest country in terms of land area has far more to offer than that. So don't let yourself be intimidated by what you hear on the news. Don't fear the language barrier. Here's what you need to know when you think about travelling Russia for the first t[...]

Welcome to Oymyakon - the coldest village on Earth

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I have never been on a cold weather holiday. Every January, as we enter the depths of bleak mid-winter here in the UK, my little brain awakens from its gentle festive fugue of eat, sleep, drink, repeat, and starts to plan how best to flee the country to get some much needed Vitamin D. Occasionally I have allowed myself to get seduced by the idea of romantic [...]