Author: Tea with Strangers

Hitchhiking Siberia: On the Road to Ural Mountains

Hitchhiking Siberia: On the Road to Ural Mountains

January 13, 2009. My second day on the road from Moscow to Irkutsk. Around 7:30 AM I was woken up by some strange screams in the cabin of the van. It took me several minutes to realize that what I mistook for a quarrel was […]

Hitchhiking Siberia: Let’s Hitchhike to Lake Baikal

Hitchhiking Siberia: Let’s Hitchhike to Lake Baikal

Located in southern Siberia, Lake Baikal is often referred to as the unofficial pilgrimage destination among Russia’s hitchhikers’ community. Ever since I started hitchhiking and traveling around Russia, I would often meet fellow wanderlust souls who either hitchhiked to Lake Baikal or had the trip […]

A Weekend with Toy Boy

A Weekend with Toy Boy

“This is the story of my wonderful long weekend with a toy boy. This story took place in Tanzania, I was there with a group. I was sitting in the front of a van which is kind of open, and I had fallen asleep. As […]

Hitchhiking from Kazakhstan to Armenia

Hitchhiking from Kazakhstan to Armenia

It all started when I came up with the idea to hitchhike to Georgia. But there was no one I could travel with. I was offering different people to join me in my journey, but they kept telling me I’m insane and that it’s impossible […]

There Has to Be More to Life

There Has to Be More to Life

I grew up like most American boys. The thing I cared about most was sport, and then doing well at school, and then getting attention from girls. That’s what I cared about. And I was good at those things. And when I got to high […]

First Time in Russia

First Time in Russia

“I had some Russian friends I met on a language learning website, and one day they asked me if I wanted to visit Russia. I said yes, and they offered me to stay with them at their house. I packed my luggage and traveled to […]