The Siberian Syndrome in the UK


Bob Dylan sang ‘You Gotta Serve Somebody’. John Lennon, offended by Dylan’s subordination retorted immediately with ‘You Gotta Serve Yourself’, Well, actually I think they are both kinda wrong, It depends how you look at it. I am highly strung, full of nervous energy, distractible and scattered. Spread thin. I read 4 books at once […]

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour- Winter Palace

Welcome to the The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part Two, which discusses where to stay, what to eat, and what souvenirs or worth purchasing during your visit to the “Cultural Capital of Russia.” Where to Stay If you are not arriving by cruise ship you will need a Tsar’s residence to […]

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part One

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour- Winter Palace

Visiting the “Cultural Capital” of Russia is a grand experience and chance to view the jewels of Russian culture and history. This guide will help you see the city in the optimal way as if you were a Tsar yourself, but without having to spend a royal budget. How to See the City To receive […]

Russia: “Touching the magnificent city of Moscow.”

moscow russia

How could a place in northern Euroasia fettered by cold air, so soft and warm shows its beauty through exotic building, which scratched with thousand of history, full of meaning, and have value to its own gold in every location? Oh Russia! you be the largest country that greets the world with its beauty. He […]

Treasure Hunt in the Golden Mountains of Altai


It was a fine day in May in the Altai Republic: a region of breathtaking beauty in the southwest corner of Siberia Russia. From our windows we saw swaths of dark coniferous forest; and rising majestically behind, faint blue peaks capped with snow. This is the rugged and remote land of the Altaians: a distinct […]

Our Russian Sojourn


Some time in the last decade, I had come across a calendar with beautiful pictures of churches. The one that caught my eye was a Russian church….with multi-coloured onion shaped domes -it looked straight out of ‘Arabian Nights.’Such a charming church, so different…I had never seen the like of it before. I yearned to see […]

Russia: Home away from Home.

moscow-night nlight

I am interested in this interaction between the place we are in and the development of our minds. The interplay of space and mind creates place when I think about my sense of place, it’s hard for me to pin it down. Let’s start with my hometown. I was born and raised in Agbor Delta […]

Soviet Union: Have Your Juice and Drink It Too


“Don’t deprive yourself of anything,” said dad giving me a paper ruble, now extinct currency of the Soviet Union. In St. Petersburg in the 1980’s you could buy half dozen loafs of bread, ten glasses of tomato juice or a quarter-bottle of vodka with this amber-green note. What’s the best way to make a kid […]

Suzdal, Golden city in the Golden Ring


Brilliant autumn weather in Moscow. Far too brilliant not to leave, I decide. Oh yes, it is true, the leaves on the Moscow trees are very colourful as well. But the concrete and the asphalt are simply too overwhelming to be able to really appreciate all these colours. And so I gather some stuff and […]

Trans-Siberian Express – Part 6

Beautiful Window Shutters on Siberian Village Home

Off to a Siberian Village on the Shores of Lake Baikal Kay and I enjoyed Irkutsk and its pleasant atmosphere of a university city. But after a couple of days, we were off to Bolshoe Goludnoe, a Siberian village on the shores of Lake Baikal, not far from Irkutsk. Once again, we had pre-arranged this […]