Buryatia – Redefining (Russian) Culture

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. It is located 6.5h by train from Irkutsk – “next door”, as a Russian would say. The closer we got to Ulan-Ude, the more the landscape changed and finally looked like an outpost of the Mongolian steppe. Again, Mongolia is “just around the corner”, a couple... Continue Reading →

Novosibirsk – Pelmeni For Breakfast

We arrived in Novosibirsk after two days of train travel at 6am. No café or restaurant was opened at that time – except for one. We went in, and the barkeeper handed us a breakfast menu. After having ordered our dishes, he replied that none of them were available before 8am, despite the fact that... Continue Reading →

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