The Border Between Europe and Asia: Just an Imaginary Line
There are different concepts in the world on how many continents exist. Some of these concepts have a rather geographical or geological background, others go back to views that are based on politics. Whether we speak of Europe and Asia, or only of one super-continent depends highly on what we were taught in school.
When the Travelling Monkeys visited Ekaterinburg they wanted to check out if they could really tell the border between Europe and Asia. What they found was nothing else than a big joke... [Read more..]
1996: Riding a Slow Train Through Siberia
There are many trains running on the Tranns-Siberian Railway every day. Most of these trains travel fast and for long distances. Others go slowly and connect neighbouring cities. So far, the Travelling Monkeys only got to know fast trains. To experience something different, they decided to board an Elektrichka: 350 kilometers by slow train through Siberia, including a stop over in the middle of nowhere... [Read more..]
Ekaterinburg: More Motley Than Expected
If you consider Siberian cities to be grey and boring you haven't been to Ekaterinburg yet.
Ekaterinburg is a city with a colorful culture and an interesting mix of architecture.
Follow the Travelling Monkeys on a sightseeing tour past an over-sized keyboard, a monument to 'The Beatles', and an unfinished TV tower... [Read more..]
100 Photos of Kazan
Despite being among the 25 biggest cities in Europe, Kazan is relatively unknown to most travellers. This has to change! Kazan is an amazing city and it definitely deserves bigger attention. In 100 photos The Travelling Monkeys will show you what they found beautiful, amazing, surprising, interesting, touching, but also disappointing about Kazan... [Read more..]
What To Do In Moscow? (if you have just a 5 hours stopover)
Moscow is huge! So is it even worth it to leave the train station (or the airport) just for few hours? It definitely is. The best thing to do is visiting the very centre of the city: the Red Square. It is the best place to take pictures of other people walking around and taking pictures of each other and themselves..... [Read more..]
Moscow Luggage Storage Facilities Are Backpacker Unfriendly
The Travelling Monkeys found out a peculiar fact about the luggage storage during their short stopover in Moscow. There is the most stupid rule concerning the luggage they accept for storage. All the backpackers are encouraged to write complaints to the management of the train stations in Moscow. What's the most stupid rule for a luggage storage?.. [Read more..]
A Few Days in Rural Russia
The Travelling Monkeys had an opportunity to experience the real rural Russia. They stayed in an old house with Babushka Olga, who had her own garden and honey bees. They tried fresh honey, ate pies baked in a Russian stone oven, drank fresh milk from the neighbour’s cow, berries from the garden and mushrooms from the nearby forest. The food was simple, but full of flavour. That you will not get in a supermarket nowadays... [Read more..]
Mushroom Soup from Rural Russia
Today Bimbino and Bambina got something special for those who love to cook different things from all over the world. They have been to a rural area in the Vologda region, where aunt Olga showed them how to cook a simple, but very tasty mushroom soup... [Read more..]