Hot Town, Summer in the City: Irkutsk, Siberia

Hot Town, Summer in the City: Irkutsk, Siberia

Spending a summer day in Siberia, Russia may very well shatter any preconceived notions you may have about this part of the world, thought of as inhospitable, frigid, and forlorn. Here are some of the experiences Irkutsk has to offer on a sunny summer day... Read More




Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is a pleasant, tree-lined Siberian city of near 600,000 on the banks of the Angara River. Before the Trans-Siberian Railroad arrived, czarist political exiles and prisoners who had served their terms in the labor camps settled here, denied permission to return to their homes in Western Russia. Some of these were Decembrists, young officers who had become advocates of political reform. The House Museum of the Decembrists belonged to one of these officers and his wife. Read More


Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

When you think of Siberia, you may think of punishment and exile, of barren tundra and vast expanses of nothingness - of a place of no return. But that's comparable to thinking that everybody in Alaska lives in igloos. Read More