Another travelogue

This tortured soul operates a hostel in Odessa, which is almost as bad as running a full cycle traveller support service in Moscow as I do, and if it wasn’t enough he compulsively drives though less hospitable regions of Russia, including the northern parts, in a truck that can at best be used for a beer run to the nearest town. Read about his adventures and misadventures at For his trips this travel maso inevitably picks winter too. Recommended reading if you are contemplating travel in the Former Soviet Union space in the Russian Misery Travel (c) mode.

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan etc. winter travel

Here is a story of a Brit with winter travel habit.

His usual territory is places that end with “stan”, Siberia, and the Russian north. An additional source adventures is his vehicle, a LandRover, an engineering atrocity famous for its mechanical excesses and tendency to fall apart. I too am a miserable LR owner, and I will sometimes reveal to the world a list of LR’s design peculiarities that include a brake system that can and once in a while will have a total failure. Hope those who hire me in the driver capacity don’t read this, and don’t notice my habit of maintaining huge following distances and keeping my hand on the parking brake.