The Back Roads of Ukraine: Chronicles of an American Traveler

Russian folk art: Gorodets painting 21 Jul 13
Train from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod 28 Jun 13

Buying Trip Moscow. Part 2

June 17, 2013

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Buying Trip Moscow. Part 2

A story of how Yankee and Ukrainian ingenuity conquered the inner workings of Moscow’s underground metro, designed without any thought given to accessibility for passengers with luggage, handicaps or the elderly, by pulling and toting their trolley loaded with 25 kilos of cargo to the only Russian Post in all of Moscow that handles international shipments. And then to encounter a paper jam that lasted for nearly 3 hours.

Buying Trip Moscow. Part 1

June 11, 2013

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Buying Trip Moscow. Part 1

My first time with my wife to the artisan wholesale market in Moscow was an incredible experience to see and be a part of. There were hundreds of vendors wanting us to buy their handmade goods. My wife had been here before. My duties in all of this were to keep my mouth shut, be a good mule by doing all the heavy lifting and toting things back to our hotel room using our hand trolley and a pack strapped over my back. For this I needed to have a Russian visa!

Ease of getting a Russian Visa

June 4, 2013

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Ease of getting a Russian Visa

When you are going to San Francisco be sure to put some flower in your hair may be good advice. However, when your going through San Francisco to get a visa to Russia be prepared for a whole new generation with new explanations since the US and Russia agreed to simplifying the process of getting a Russian Visa. Americans have become accustomed to the ease of living in an electronic world where documents of all kinds are accepted worldwide electronically. Not the case in Russia. Things are done for the convenience of administrators and not for general public. Like requiring an original hard copy of a certified document instead of an electronic one can delay or even cancel a planned trip. This was our experience...

Festival of Easter Egg Heaven 2013 Kyiv, Ukraine

May 3, 2013

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Festival of Easter Egg Heaven 2013 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Festival of Easter Egg Heaven in Kyiv, Ukraine is a celebration of intricately hand painted chicken eggs by children of Ukraine continuing the centuries of traditions and culture of the pysanky egg as a gift of friendship, good health, and for a bountiful harvest.

Denver Gold Rush Renaissance

September 26, 2011

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Denver Gold Rush Renaissance

It is incredible my wife and I discovered in our own back yard when taking the time to go exploring. All summer long we walked around our neighborhood not realizing its potential until one day…