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What to Wear in Russia

I have been to Russia twice – once in 2007, when I spent a summer volunteering and teaching in Yaroslavl, and in 2010, when I took the Trans-Siberian across the country. There are a few important things to note about Russia when you consider packing your suitcase: summers can get quite hot, and winters… well, winters can get very, very cold. Not only that, the cold weather can last from September to May, so it’s best to always pack a few warm pieces in your suitcase, no matter what season you visit the country in.

With the exceptions of perhaps Moscow and St. Petersburg, most of Russia dresses quite casually throughout all seasons, so if you just want to bring jeans and a few sweatshirts, you’ll be fine. I’m not exactly a jeans and sweatshirt kind of girl, so here are a few outfits I wore during my time in Russia.

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Travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway

For many, spending days aboard a cramped train with minimal electricity and plumbing would be extremely unappealing. But for as long as I could remember, I had dreamed of taking the Trans-Siberian through Russia, one of those grand, Theroux-inspired adventures. Within a few days of boarding the train that would take me over 6000 kilometres and eight time zones across Eurasia, I realised that this journey would be much more arduous than I could have ever imagined, and yet much more rewarding than I could have ever hoped.

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Russian Rainbow

When I was a little girl, I used to love watching the Olympics. My favourite sports to watch in the winter games were figure skating, speed skating, ski jumping, hockey, and luge. It was a pretty big event in my household; for both the summer and winter games, my whole family would crowd around and watch the events on TV. One of my biggest regrets in life is not being in Canada when we won the gold medal for hockey in the Vancouver 2010 games.

I rarely get political on this blog; I’ve always maintained it’s not a place for that. I felt a need to write about what’s going on in Russia, though, because it absolutely breaks my heart.

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My Ever-Changing Travel Fashion

Happy (and Comfortable) in Cusco, PeruI love to travel, obviously. I also love fashion, and I love to dress up. Sometimes it’s very, very difficult to merge the two, as, as a traveller, one’s wardrobe is often dictated by the fact that it must all fit inside a small backpack or suitcase. Add rapid changes […]

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On The Train Through Siberia

On The Train Through Siberia from This Battered Suitcase on Vimeo. Russia I’m finally doing something with all of the videos I took on my Superheadz Harinezumi camera; you can see the other ones I made here (Manitoba Skies), here (Travelling Through Southeast Asia, though I want to re-edit this one so that’s it shorter and with […]

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And The Winner Is…

Listvyanka, Russia I am a little bit tipsy off of a few glasses of wine and a delicious Christmas hot chocolate/Bailey’s concoction; I’m currently sitting on the couch with my mum, who is town for the week to celebrate an early Christmas with my brother and sister and I. We are cozy as can be, […]

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Words Of Wisdom

Looking Out Over Lake Baikal Listvyanka, Russia “Qualifications for a Traveller. – If you have health, a great craving for adventure, at least a moderate fortune, and can set your heart on a definite object, which old travellers do not think impracticable, then – travel by all means. […] I believe that no career, in […]

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Into The Blue

On The Trans-Siberian Train, Russia Marrakech, Morocco Matinloc Island, The Philippines Osaka, Japan Sapa, Vietnam Varna, Bulgaria Oia, Greece Hanoi, Vietnam Brasov, Romania The Sahara, Morocco St. Petersburg, Russia Blue is the colour of my eyes, of my dream car, of open skies and open waters, of cotton candy at the fair, of fresh berries […]

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When I Grow Up

Irkutsk, Russia Listvyanka, Russia Near Yekaterinburg, Russia Near Yekaterinburg, Russia Yekaterinburg, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia St. Petersburg, Russia Ulan Ude, Russia All photos taken while I was travelling through Russia on the Trans-Siberian  I was never the kind of little girl who knew what she wanted to do when she grew up. […]

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