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Vancouver Twenty-Ten Finish

Since it is being compared to Paul Henderson’s 1972 goal (which is an important piece of Canadian history) it seems fitting that I should mention where I was for Sidney Crosby’s massive 2010 gold medal winning overtime goal over Team USA. @ The Duke – Kingston, Ontario with my friends and colleagues from SURP. We […]

Beijing to New York on foot

Nice to see hear of folks who still carry compasses around with them when they travel.  Moscow Times: Far East border guards have detained a Chinese man who said he was traveling to New York from China by foot, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday. The traveler, a young man who was not identified, was expensively dressed and […]

Russian Train Bomb

From the Globe: Russian officials opened a terror investigation Saturday, saying that a homemade bomb planted on the tracks of the high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg route caused a derailment that killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more. I never rode that particular line to St. Petersburg.  I exited Russia via the Moscow-Riga (Lativa) line. […]

Countries formerly part of Mother Russia I

There is something about leaving Russia… Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is such a big chuck of land and that even after 10 days of constant rail riding you realize that yes…I am still in the same country but I’ve zoomed through nine timezones. Or maybe it is the […]

August ’08 – Moscow

The last batch of images from Russia. My friend and I  were tossed off the Trans-Siberian and deposited into the depths of Moscow in the wee morning hours with not a clue as to how to get to any hostels. We ended up loitering by a metro station until it opened up at 4am. Russian […]

August ’08 – The Mighty Baikal

The deepest, baddest lake in the world.  The second adjective is somewhat subjective as I’m not clear as to what exactly makes a lake “bad”…although it would morph into a great name for an travel company…B3 (B-cubed) for Big Bad Baikal Adventures. A great part of Russia.  In many ways I felt like I was […]

Irkutsk – Russia – August 2008

Nothing to write about so I’ll just continue to add my backlog of photos.  Nothing terribly special in this batch. However, Irkutsk was the best city I visited in Russia, probably because I had the lucky opportunity to have a set of local guides.  The vodka is incredible and Irkutsk oddly enough, has amazingly good […]

Russian Far East and Southern Siberia

Some shots from the first section of the reverse Trans-Siberian Railway.  I don’t think most of the photos are very good as the car was slightly shaky.  The below slideshow transitions automatically, but larger photos can be viewed in the gallery.

Vladivostok, Russia – July 2008

Not wanting to write papers or design massing concepts in AutoCAD, I thought I’d do the next best thing – add more photos. The roughest, toughest city in Asia. I spent a few days here after hopping off the ferry from Japan.  Really neat urban fabric and lots of restoration occuring throughout the city.  It’s […]

City of Billionaires

Moscow the most expensive city in the world?  Absolutely! The cheapest hostel I could find in Moscow back in August set me back 40USD for a bed in some dude’s 3 bedroom converted Soviet-era apartment.  Moscow was also where I discovered the terms “face-blocking” and “auto-blocking”.  Both are methods that are apparently used extensively at […]

Irkutsk July 25-28th 2008

An example of poor weather karma is excellent conditions while traveling on the rails but consistently wet conditions while on stopovers.  Such is the case in Irkutsk, 70km from the shores of Baikal.  I caught an early morning glimpse of the lake as the train raced by on the 25th and it is simply massive […]

Update

Below you will find a number of entries that I wrote mainly while on the train from Vladivsotok to Irkutstk.  Some are related to Japan and others to the actual train trip but I haven’t placed them in order because, as usual, internet prices are high and I’m not keen on using my $4/hour net […]

Train 031 Vladivostok to Irkutsk July 22-25 2008

Traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway is really traveling the Trans-Siberian railway. Lots of traveling and not much doing. This fits rather fine with me since I fall into the category of a person who enjoys the traveling aspect of new countries. I enjoy seeing and doing things as well, but I can quite happily stare out […]

Vladivostok 2008 II

<!– @page { size: 21cm 29.7cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } –> I have been told that this city is nicknamed the “San Francisco of the East” – It appears that eastern nations have a fascination with comparing their cities and areas with those of their western counterparts. For example, I often […]

Vladivostok 2008

I’m keeping my posts short because I’d like to keep my internet bar time to a minimum because in addition to hourly rates, users are also charge a bandwith premium.  Traveling the eastern seaboard of Russia (namely Vladivostok) is no walk in the traveling park.  It’s not impossible, or even difficult for that matter…just frustrating.  […]

Japan 2008 II

Travel karma levels appear to be maintaining as I enter phase two of my ’08 travels. The Fushikiki/Vladivostok ferry berth purchase went through today and I’ll be able to pick up my ticket tomorrow morning before departure at around 6pm. However many question marks still remain regarding the Trans-Siberian ticket situation, the validity of my […]

Japan 2008

“To lead a life surrounded solely by one’s favorite things, to make it more comfortable it such is your wishes, this is an article that best suites the purpose”. Water kettle scripture – Kyoko Ryokan, Kyoto, Japan I was going to lead into this entry with a post regarding the things I’ll remember most about […]

Travel Plans – Summer 2008

I reserved (although not yet purchased) a flight to Osaka from Shanghai Pudong for the 7th of July. So, barring a reservation issue I have ten days left in China with today my final day of work in the education field (for the foreseeable future, at least). I have developed a vague idea of what […]

Russian Visa II

Leaving tonight bound for Shanghai fo a 9:15am appointment with the friendly neighbourhood Russkie consulate.   Fingers are crossed.

Russian Visa

I’ve been slowly creating itineraries and plans for my upcoming cross-asia adventure and the planning is proving to be quite the adventure itself.  I’m not much of a planned traveller.  This isn’t to say that I don’t have a plan and that I just ‘go’ to places randomly with little thought, but rather than I […]

Rejected

I call them BCD’s or Bad China Days. It began with a 02:30 departure time from Nanjing Railway Station on a train, which had originated deep within the Chinese countryside at a sleepy city called Yinchuan 银川. Of course, at the time of purchase, I had little idea of exactly where this town was, nor […]

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