Category: Russia

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What did you learn today?

  I met Dinesh at our hostel in St Petersburg, in mid-conversation about his ultimate ambition: to hit 100 countries before he reached 25. I thought that was an interesting goal, because I’ve never...

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This week’s photo: Shaman tree, Olkhon Island

There is probably no place more sacred in Siberia than Olkhon Island, the largest island in Lake Baikal. The Buryats, the indigenous people of Siberia, are followers of shamanism and consider Olkhon the centre...

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Telling tall tales

IF I could have a ringgit for each time I lied when travelling, I would have a nice pile of notes by now. I have either been happily married, engaged and impatient to get...

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In other news…

The purpose of this post is to prove that I wasn’t lazy during my trip. I actually did some work. (No, really. Seriously). While I was travelling, I wrote a weekly column in the...

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Diamonds over Siberia

  This is my first night in a proper bed but I cannot sleep. For five nights, I was soothed by the gentle left-to-right rocking of my train. This same rocking put me to sleep...

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Russia, in photos

I’m writing this thousands of miles away from Russia, a country I was very sad to leave. I never thought I would enjoy Russia as much as I did – even now in Beijing,...

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Tips for the Trans-Siberian Railway

There are two main points about the Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railways. The first is that the Trans-Siberian proper runs from Moscow to Vladivostok and the second is that the railway branches out from Ulan-Ude...

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Moscow to Irkutsk

    Three days ago, I boarded a train from Moscow. My destination is a town called Irkutsk, the main stop for Lake Baikal. This is a four-day journey and I’m expected to reach...