Process, Protocol & Police Permission: Sight Seeing In Moscow

The upsetting truth about sightseeing in Moscow is that, for all the fascinating insides of churches, museums and galleries it’s rigmarole like no other to penetrate their famous front entrances. This in fact, also applies to Russia itself, where bureaucracy is taken to the extreme. Police, border patrol, officials – essentially anyone sporting an impressive…

What time is it? A Train Ride From Irkutsk To Moscow

I boarded the train on Thursday evening. An unceremonious goodbye to a slippery platform in Irkutsk had brought an end to an uneventful day, plagued by illness, in the capital of Eastern Siberia. The excitement of heading towards my final destination on this journey was spurring me to climb aboard. However, in hindsight my anticipation…