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A Traveller’s Diary: Exploring Russia

This September I travelled around Russia, both in order to see old friends and also to visit students who had just started their Year Abroad placements. Below is a diary of my travels and what I regard as the key events:

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The Urals: Beauty of a Russian Province

The Urals:Beauty of a Russian Province

In recent years I have met a number of people with some fixed ideas about places to visit. Unsurprisingly, it was often Russia they planned to see and destinations other than the Moscow/St Petersburg tandem – aka Glubinka.

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Deep Blue

The most well-known lakes in Russia are the spiritual Baikal, the fairy-tale Seliger, the biggest lake of Europe – Ladozhskoe and the historical Chudskoe (the location of Battle of the Ice in 1242). However, there are many more extraordinary lakes in Russia, as it has 1/4 of world’s fresh water.

The Kabardino-BalkarRepublic

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On the Hills of Georgia

A number of well-known Russian writers’ work had links with the Caucasus at some point in their lives. Alexander Pushkin wrote heartbreaking poems about Georgia, probably being inspired by the beauty of a local woman: “On hills of Georgia lies the covering of night;Aragva streams in front of me. Such sadness and such ease; my melancholy's light, My melancholy's full of thee.”Alexander Griboedov tragically loved a Georgian princess who died of sorrow after her beloved was murdered in Teheran. Osip Mandelstam, despite his tortured character, ironically found the recreation of his soul in this region.

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The Other Side of Ibiza

One of the most famous Balearic Islands is Ibiza, it has quite a specific reputation. This is where the hip and the cool meet to dance the night away to the groove of world famous DJ’s, Guetta and Van Dyk, just to set the mood. To the surprise of many, myself included, it has a more paradisiac quiet side.


One day back in March Jill*, Kelly* and I were debating where to go on holiday. Budget and length of time being the main issues, it was impossible to go somewhere too far and costly. Through Skype and Facebook we started throwing ideas at each other about the best places we could afford that has sun. The epiphany came with Portinatx Club Hotel, in the far north of Ibiza, a couple of weeks later the booking was done, the wait started.

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Anapa’s Cooler

Anapa is a mega polis of 60 000 people on the coast of the Black Sea in Russia. I have witnessed many of its facets. Starting with the fact that I used to lived there and have been going there almost every year, until three years ago. Any Anapian will tell you that Anapa is better and cooler than anywhere else in the world.

The Market

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Time Travel

From Thursday back to Wednesday

Big Diomede Island (aka Ratmanov Island) and Little Diomede (aka Krusenstern Island).

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10 Days in Ukraine

In the summer of 2007, four of us decided to go to Ukraine on a road trip. All of us being students, we wanted to spend as little money as possible. We had no idea how many memories and stories we would bring back. One country, ten days, three cities, and time-travelling from the present day back to the USSR and the hard realities of life.

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Russian Loch Ness

Tunguska anomaly, Krasnoyarsk region  Tunguska event – an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk region, Russia, on June 30, 1908. A number of theories based on UFOs have claimed that the Tunguska event was the result of the activities of extraterrestrial beings and the Tunguska event is often referred to as "the Russian Roswell”.

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Russia In Detail: Precious Stones

Divnogor’eDivnogor’e is a national park in Voronezh region. It is an area of fairy-tale chalk mountains, cave churches and scenic beauty. In the eye of a geologist, the park is an exposed chalk deposit. The upper layer includes 15-20% of it, while it is followed by 80m of pure chalk. The name Divnogor’e derives from the word “divo” meaning “wonder”.