Monthly Archives: November 2010

Around the World in 50 days – St. Petersburg, Part II

My Hermitage guide, Svetlana, tells me that she has a group from Riga staying at my hotel and apparently one of the guests imbibed so much alcohol that he was still drunk in the morning. He proceeded to take off all his … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – St. Petersburg, Part I

Despite careful planning, I almost miss my train to St. Petersburg due to… a traffic jam. I get a bit nervous as we sit in an unmoving line of cars and the clock ticks away but have faith in my cousin. … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days – Kharkov

One of my goals during the trip was to avoid airplane travel as much as possible. I have come to really dislike airplane travel as it has become more and more unpleasant over the years and has always been the least … Continue reading

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Around the World in 50 days

In 2002, I travelled to Russia to research my family roots. The trip was fascinating and more successful in terms of gathering information than I had even remotely hoped it would be. I obtained a huge pile of documents from … Continue reading

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