Travel

I have lived in Russia (1988-94), the UK (1994-2006), and the US (2006-2016). I repatriated in 2016 and have been based in Moscow ever since. I plan to write a Moscow Guide in the near future, but for now, you can follow the Travel and Moscow tags on my UR blog.


Travel Reports

  • Moscow Guide (2016+) [under construction]
  • RUSSIA
    • Saint-Petersburg (2017)
    • Kolomna (2017)
    • Volokolamsk (2017)
    • Veliky Novgorod (2018)
    • Bryansk (2018)
    • Vladivostok (2019)

Countries I Want to Visit (by priority)

RUSSIA/EURASIA

  1. Crimea
  2. LDNR
  3. Sochi/Adler
  4. Volga
    1. Kazan
    2. Nizhny Novgorod
    3. Samara
  5. Belorussia
  6. Ekaterinburg
  7. The Russian South
    1. Krasnodar
  8. Golden Ring (want to visit again, since I last visited in 2003).
    1. Sergiev Posad
    2. Yaroslavl
    3. Kostroma
    4. Suzdal
    5. Vladimir
  9. DICh
    1. Dagestan (inc. Lak region)
    2. Chechnya
  10. The Russian North
  11. Vladivostok: Likely in 2019
  12. Caucasus
    1. Azerbaijan
    2. Georgia
    3. Armenia
  13. Kamchatka
  14. Lake Baikal
  15. Take the Trans-Siberian Express
  16. The Ukraine
    1. Kiev
    2. Odessa

WORLD

  1. China: Possibly in 2019
    1. Beijing
    2. Shanghai
    3. Taiwan
    4. Hong Kong
    5. Harbin
    6. Wuhan
    7. Tibet
    8. Xinjiang
  2. Habsburg Reunion (Austria, Czechia, Hungary): Possibly in 2019
  3. Best Korea
  4. India
  5. South Korea
  6. Poland
  7. The Netherlands
  8. Turkey: Possibly in 2019
  9. Mongolia
  10. Iran
  11. Italy
  12. Greece
  13. Israel
  14. Japan
  15. Vietnam
  16. Germany (did Rhineland in mid-2000s)
    1. Bavaria
    2. Berlin
  17. Egypt
  18. USA (again)
    1. Want to spend a bit more time in NY, Boston
    2. The South
    3. Salt Lake City
    4. Philadelphia
    5. Visit SF Bay Area again
  19. Spain
  20. Uzbekistan
  21. Ethiopia
  22. Brazil
  23. Argentina
  24. Switzerland
  25. Iceland

SPECIAL TRIPS

  1. Antarctica
  2. Arctic Icebreaker
  3. Outer Space
  4. Nepal – Everest Base Camp
  5. Chernobyl

Country/Region Ratings

I realize my penchant for rating things is reaching levels of autism previously thought unimaginable, but what can one do. Natural wonders and internal regions are italicized; places where I *lived* (as opposed to just visited) are underlined.

Anglosphere

USA [8]

  • California[8]
    • SF Bay Area
      • Berkeley, 9
      • San Francisco, 9
      • San Leandro, 7
    • Los Angeles, 6
    • Reno, 5
    • Sacramento, 4
    • San Diego, 7
    • Santa Barbara, 8
    • Solvang, 7
  • Midwest
    • Chicago, 8
  • Mid-Atlantic
    • New York, 7
    • Pittsburgh, 4
    • Washington D.C., 5
  • Mountain
    • Big Sky, 8
    • Las Vegas, 8
    • Park City, 7
    • Winter Park, 8
  • New England
    • Boston, 6
  • Pacific
    • Portland, 6
    • Seattle, 5

Ireland [7]

  • Dublin [7]
  • Cork [7]

UK [7]

  • England [7]
    • Bath, 6
    • Birmingham, 4
    • Blackpool, 5
    • Cambridge, 8
    • Canterbury, 6
    • Chester, 7
    • Durham, 5
    • Kendal, 6
    • Lancaster, 6
    • Lake District, 6
    • Leeds, 6
    • Liverpool, 4
    • London, 7
    • Manchester, 7
    • Oxford, 8
    • Penzance, 5
    • Plymouth, 5
    • Portsmouth, 6
    • Preston, 3
    • Sheffield, 5
    • York, 6
  • Wales [6]
    • Bristol, 5
    • Cardiff, 6
    • Conwy, 5
    • Snowdonia, 7
  • Scotland [6]
    • Aberdeen, 4
    • Edinburgh, 7
    • Glasgow, 4
    • Grampian Mountains, 6
  • Northern Ireland [5]
    • Belfast, 5
    • Giant’s Causeway, 5
  • Isle of Skye
  • Channel Islands

Russia/Eurasia

Russia [unrated]

  • Moscow, 9
  • Bryansk, 6
  • Gus-Khrustalny, 5
  • Kolomna, 6
  • Kostroma, 4
  • Saint-Petersburg, 7
  • Suzdal, 7
  • Uglich, 5
  • Vladimir, 4
  • Veliky Novgorod, 5
  • Volokolamsk, 4
  • Yaroslavl, 7

World

  • Belgium [5]
    • Antwerp, 6
    • Brussels, 4
  • France [5]
    • Arcachon, 8
    • Bordeaux, 5
    • Paris, 6
    • Val d’Isère, 8
  • Germany [6]
    • Aachen, 6
    • Frankfurt, 6
    • Heidelberg, 8
    • Köln, 5
    • Nürnberg, 7
  • Portugal [6]
    • The Algarve, 7
    • Lisbon, 6
  • Romania [4]
    • Bucharest, 5
    • Ploiesti, 4
    • Transylvania, 7

Ski Resorts

  • France
    • Val d’Isère, 9
  • USA
    • Big Sky (Montana), 10
    • Park City (Utah), 9
    • Tahoe (California), 7
    • Winter Park (Colorado), 9