Vladivostok – On Responsibility In Relationships

After 9300km of traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway we finally reached Vladivostok. We were tired but happy to have reached the other side of Russia, to have reached the Pacific Ocean. “Ocian in view! O! the joy” William Clark, Journal entry, Nov 7th, 1805 Just as before in Ulan-Ude, we experienced a clash of cultures … Continue reading Vladivostok – On Responsibility In Relationships

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 Buryatia – Redefining (Russian) Culture

Irkutsk – Changing Beliefs About Travel Budgets

The only thing we knew about Irkutsk prior to our arrival was that it had the image of being “the city by the lake”. During our stay we learned that Irkutsk had a lot more to offer and that this image didn’t really accurately describe the city. We stayed with the mother of friends of … Continue reading Irkutsk – Changing Beliefs About Travel Budgets