Insert Cliche Russian Phrase Here November 10th 2006 It is very damp in Lithuania and my hands are cold. Typing is difficult.
Well, when you last pretended to read my blog, I had just left Tomsk/Novosibirsk and was on my way to Nizhny Novgorod (previously Gorky, after the writer). I spent two uneventful nights on the train, with only a screaming child to interrupt my reading (my Russian isn't so good, but I figure most of what he said was 'No! Its ... read more
Europe » Russia » Northwest » Saint Petersburg Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more
“To be a tourist is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don't cling to you the way they do back home. You're able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. You're expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travelers acting stupidly. You walk around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don't know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can ex... full info