Archive: Travel

The Best, the Worst, the Wackiest... and the End

This is it -- the last entry for the Russian Chronicles! By the time this is posted online, David and I will be on a plane somewhere over Europe, winging our way home. It's been quite a journey, these last...

By Lisa Dickey | November 22, 2005; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Looking Back -- and Ahead

With our journey coming to an end, David and I spent our last weekend in Russia like tourists, wandering around St. Petersburg in search of souvenirs and gifts. It was a pleasant change from our normal weekend routine of being...

By Lisa Dickey | November 21, 2005; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

Wild dogs and Cappuccino Culture

After 75 days, 6000-plus miles, and 11 cities, we're finally back in St. Petersburg! We launched the trip from here on Sept. 1st -- a day that now feels like a distant dream. This week, we'll describe how the city...

By Lisa Dickey | November 14, 2005; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (9)

Murmansk: Casino Lights and the Arctic Circle

In the spirit of Russian capitalism, we've launched our "12 cities for the price of 11" Russian Chronicles deal! Because we rushed through the first five cities to join our Lake Baikal expedition by October 1st, we ended up with...

By Lisa Dickey | November 8, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

The American Adoption Controversy

Ever since we launched this trip on Sept. 1, we've been getting emails and comments from Americans who've adopted Russian children. Many have asked us to do a blog posting on the issue, and it's certainly worthy of one, as...

By Lisa Dickey | November 7, 2005; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (29)

Mall Culture and Fast-Food Wonderland

As of today, David and I have been on the road for two months. We've crossed seven time zones and nearly 5800 miles, and have finally made it to Moscow! Wahoo! We also, I would proudly note, haven't killed each...

By Lisa Dickey | October 31, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Riding the Rails

After 20 hours on the train, we arrived in Chelyabinsk without incident. Traveling by coupe, with four people sharing one cramped room, this is not always guaranteed. So far we've been pretty lucky: no wildly drunken revelers and no kleptomaniacs....

By Lisa Dickey | October 17, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Novosibirsk: Odd Contrasts and a New Destination

It's been a strange week here in Novosibirsk, full of odd contrasts. The city, the third-largest in Russia, manages to feel cosmopolitan, yet weirdly provincial at the same time. Photo Gallery: A statue of Lenin looms over downtown Novosibirsk, a...

By Lisa Dickey | October 14, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (9)

Tell Us Where to Go!

We've been on the road for just over three weeks, and have already visited four of our 11 cities. At this rate, we could whip on through the rest of them and be home just after Halloween. But there's a...

By Lisa Dickey | September 22, 2005; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (45)

The Truth About Gary

In the intro to this blog, I promised to reveal why Gary Matoso, the photographer for the original Russian Chronicles, didn't come along this time. Gary was the driving force behind that project -- he came up with the idea,...

By Lisa Dickey | September 16, 2005; 06:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

St. Petersburg to Vladivostok

We're on the road! David Hillegas arrived in St. Petersburg on Wednesday evening, and as I write this on Thursday evening, we're on a flight to Vladivostok. After all the months of planning and anticipation, it's a relief to finally...

By Lisa Dickey | September 1, 2005; 10:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Introduction to Russian Chronicles

Ten years ago, I was living in St. Petersburg, Russia, where I'd moved on a whim at age 27 in hopes of becoming a freelance writer. I had worked the previous four years at boring administrative jobs in Washington, D.C.,...

By Lisa Dickey | September 1, 2005; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

 

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