Russia

Hitchhiking Siberia: On the Shore of Lake Baikal

Hitchhiking Siberia: On the Shore of Lake Baikal

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain I […]

Hitchhiking Siberia: Hello, Irkutsk

Hitchhiking Siberia: Hello, Irkutsk

January 17, 2009. Sixth day on the road. Irkutsk was a matter of another day on the road now, and there was no need for us to hurry. It was 3:00 o’clock in the morning when Volodya, the driver, decided to pull over by the […]

Hitchhiking Siberia: Black Crows

Hitchhiking Siberia: Black Crows

January 16, 2009. Andrey had barely started the engine when I got my next lift from a truck driver heading to Tomsk. Vova, the new driver, was very interested in hitchhiking, he kept asking questions and I shared my hitchhiking experience with him. What always […]

Hitchhiking Siberia: Back to Origins

Hitchhiking Siberia: Back to Origins

Our last night’s adventures had their effect on us. We were tired and needed a good rest. And the accident was a good excuse to sleep longer than we intended, so we woke up around noon only. Andrey said there’s something strange with the car […]

Hitchhiking Siberia: Night Accident

Hitchhiking Siberia: Night Accident

The night in the Ural mountains was peaceful. There were no cars on the road, and after walking for 10-15 minutes I just sat on the snow to drink a cup of tea. Somewhere far ahead I could hear dogs barking loudly. The snow was […]

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 […]