June 26, 2018

My “Bourdain Moment” was in St. Petersburg, Russia with our local guide Vladimir, who took us to a friend’s residence for a home cooked meal. Vladimir didn’t tell me or my parents this in the beginning, he just suggested we follow him up an old staircase to a communal flat at the top of an old building. I didn’t know where I was going, only that I trusted Vladimir (who I just met the day before). I was in a strange land, with I must admit, a strange tour guide, but I wasn’t scared.

The communal f...

April 24, 2018

I love surprise detours and the Russia Metro System was one of the best. I believe in using public transportation wherever I go because that is where you get to meet the real locals. I have seen a lot of Metros and most are what you envision, some cleaner than most, others not so much and ads galore splattered on ugly colored tiles, maybe even a "pizza rat" or two. A little birdy told me to take a look at one or two of the Metro stations in St. Petersburg so I did and just the two that I saw wer...

September 15, 2017

I swore Vladimir had my family and I lost as he stuck out his hand to "Fish for a Lada" (looking for a ride from a Soviet-era beater car). And it was unfortunate that we all had too much vodka. Not the vodka you see at your local grocery store, but clear alcohol minimally labeled in strange looking bottles. For all we knew, Vladimir could have had us drugged at the unnamed underground bar we just left.

Before I go further, this is not a horror story, actually one of the best experiences...

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