The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


Growing Up Soviet: A Firsthand Photo Essay

Growing Up Soviet: A Firsthand Photo Essay

I don’t remember talking much about communism, growing up. Nevertheless, in school I was a Little Octobrist and a Young Pioneer, both communist youth organizations. In this photo you can see my Lenin pin. It’s 1983 in this photo, and I was 9 years old. Read More


Siberia Spotlight: Ulan Ude’s Top Attraction – Lenin’s Head

Siberia Spotlight: Ulan Ude’s Top Attraction – Lenin’s Head

If you are ever in Ulan Ude, Siberia, you can’t miss the enormous Lenin head – the biggest in the world – in the town square. The bronze sculpture is 25 feet tall and weighs 42 tons. The head was unveiled in 1971 to mark the 100th anniversary of Lenin’s birth and ever since, it’s been Ulan Ude’s claim to fame, meeting place, and most photographed attraction. Lenin's head is certainly a main draw in Siberia's Ulan Ude, but there is much more to experience in this city and region... Read More


Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Depending on how you translate it from Russian, Moscow’s Red Square ­– “Krasnaya Ploshchad’”– is either red, or beautiful. To many, it's definitely both. Red Square is home to history, from St. Basil's and the Kremlin to the military celebrations of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917. Read More