Surprise encounter

Perm, 14.06.2019 During a short break on the motorway, checking messages and Insta on the way to Kazan, I saw a friend from Barcelona posting a picture from home - in Izhevsk, my next stop. The town lies on the way to the Ural mountains and features a museum of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of …

Tatarstan

Kazan, 13.06.2019 Leaving Nizhni Novgorod, the weather started to worsen and it rained intermittently. The following six hours saw me driving eastbound, parallel to the Volga without ever seeing it. In general there wasn't a lot to see, the landscape was the same as the past days, and the new motorway had no thrills to …

Russia day

Nizhni Novgorod, 12.06.2019 Today I woke up late and decided to grab a coffee on my way to see the Kremlin of Nizhni Novgorod, hoping to see a bit of the old city center too. Last night I had reached the city after sundown. The Soviet suburbs were a bit rough compared to the Golden …

The Golden Ring

Nizhni Novgorod, 11.06.2019 In Russia's last two centuries of history, there have been several devastating wars and 70 years of communist regime. Among the wars, WWII stands out, as the fighting was particularly brutal and scorched earth, aka total destruction of everything, was part of the tactics. After WWII the communist regime had to rebuild …

Summertime

Moscow, 09.05.2019 Having been in Moscow already quite a few times for business and leisure, I skipped the tourist trail. The city was the last stop in a major metropolis for some time, and I had to work my to-do list of relatively unsexy things like laundry, haircut, get a Russian sim card, buy road …

To Mosow

Moscow, 05.06.2019 From my last experience I knew the ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow would be long and not fun. Therefore I started off with a stop at Pushkin, about half an hour south of the city, to see the tsar palaces. Again the Catherine palace was closed, so the gardens had to suffice. …

Russian Karelia

St. Petersburg, 02.05.2019 From Rabocheostovsk the drive back to the main highway from Murmansk to St Petersburg took about 45 mins through Kem and over a pretty beaten up stretch of road. The impressions of Solovki were still fresh. The Mini moved slowly while I managed to take some pics driving by. I realised many …