Venturing aboard the Trans-Mongolian is to embark on an adventure, an adventure that it is well to be prepared for. Friends who’ve travelled on the Trans-Siberian and Trans- Mongolian trains tell colourful stories about their experiences.
Hunting for Street Art in Moscow is one way to get off the beaten track and see more of the ‘real’ city away from the tourist sights. As a fan of street art, and someone who enjoys finding local haunts, … Read the rest
Labour Camps (Gulags) were a cruel reality during the Repression years in the USSR. A visit to Russia really is incomplete without spending at least a little time learning about the Gulags and the system of repression.
Perm 36, the … Read the rest
Forewarned that the transport for Crazy Guides Communist tour (a vintage Trabant) is prone to breakdown, we hoped this wouldn’t happen on the way to picking us up. We needn’t have worried.
Our daughter having recently experienced the Crazy Guides … Read the rest
Instead of signing up for a Moscow Metro tour, buy a metro ticket and explore the grandeur of the Moscow underground independently. Plan your own route and take your time admiring the architecture and artworks without being tied to a … Read the rest
It isn’t easy to find live music in Iran. Apparently, musicians need government permission to play in public places in Iran. I am not put off that easily.
Finding Traditional Music in Iran
One morning when walking down a main … Read the rest
Many Iranian Women go about their daily business covered from head to toe in black chadors, (a full-length sheet like cloak) held tightly under the chin with one hand, only their faces visible. In less conservative areas, women (usually often … Read the rest
My husband’s grandparents are buried in a Polish Cemetery in Tehran, Iran. To find their graves is a good enough reason for us to visit Iran, and a much easier explanation to give to friends who question our travel plans.… Read the rest
Iran felt so safe that I was lulled into a false sense of security. So much so that I didn’t even realise that I had lost my passport. Here is how the story unfolded.
After a two-week small group tour … Read the rest