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My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 3

Kostroma is a charming little city of about 300,000 on the Volga River that has the feeling of a colonial American town. It is the kind of small city tucked in at the confluence of two rivers where the tallest structures are church steeples and a fire observation watchtower. It was before that watchtower in the very heart of the historic city center that I was enthusiastically greeted by scores...

My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 2

As I entered the city of Yaroslavl, I noticed a fairly large recreational beach along the Volga River. Having spent my last years in the United States living in California, I am naturally drawn to beaches – even if they are along a river instead of an ocean. With the exception of Russia’s Black Sea shores, spacious stretches of soft sand running along a body of water are somewhat uncommon in...

My road trip around Russia’s Golden Ring: Part 1

Last week under a dark, overcast sky, I set out for a week-long road trip to visit the towns and cities of Russia’s Golden Ring – a theme-route that takes you through a handful of cities northeast of Moscow that were part of ancient Rus and played an important role in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. View this post on Instagram Мы отправились в путешествие на машине и наши первые...

Briefly about the COVID-19 situation in Russia

Most of the discussion about the COVID-19 epidemic in Russia and most countries has focused on a the number of new cases of Coronavirus per day, the total number of Coronavirus cases, the number of tests done, the number of people who recovered from the virus infection, and the unfortunate number of people who did not. Since Russia instituted its nationwide lockdown in the final days of March and...

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