And I’m off! Offline that is…

August 4, 2015 3 Comments »


While you read this I’ve loaded up on sea sickness meds, motion wrist bands, and I’m headed out to sea. I’m cruising on a small ice breaker ship, the Spirit of Enderby, to Wrangel Island, a territory of Russia. This will be my first time above the Arctic Circle! Getting to make this trip is […]

The Mongol Rally Diet

September 7, 2011 11 Comments »


“I’m starving!” I said as the Russian waitress brings out the menu with the usual cold grimace on her face. I eagerly open up the menu so that I can find something to eat, my eyes focus on the words and then it hits my brain; I have no idea what this menu says. The […]

How To Wait at a Border – Mongol Rally

September 1, 2011 11 Comments »

Mongolia Border

They say patience is a virtue.  I’ve learned to developed my patience through traveling, but the border crossings on the Mongol Rally kick it up to a whole new level of patience that is required.  For our last border crossing, “Wait” is the word of the day…and night. This was it , our last border […]

Teaming up in Volgograd – Mongol Rally

August 14, 2011 1 Comment »

As we rolled into Volgograd (the former Stalingrad) it was filled with boxy cement architecture and crazy drivers. We stayed near the town center in an apartment sponsored by Roomorama. It’s always interesting to get to see the insides of these buildings that look a bit depressing from the outside. The apartment had it’s quirks, […]

Russian Stereotypes

August 13, 2011 13 Comments »

Russian stereotypes

Most of the time when I go to a country for the first time it’s all about shattering stereotypes that I was brought up with.  I did come into Russia with a lot of per-conceived ideas and stereotypes, thanks to growing up in the cold war era.  and surprisingly not many of them have been […]