Another year has gone by and whether you found it to be great, terrible, mildly amusing, or a mixture of the three, it did ultimately give me a few exciting photographs (including one with a monk that had an epic beard). Therefore I have compiled several of my personal favorites from around the world… and by ‘around the world,’ I mean around a couple sporadic countries in the world. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and they inspire you to do something fun like quit your job or buy a cat. Please enjoy.
Friends, if you have been following this blog for the past year, you might remember my posts last summer about my trip to Kazakhstan. If you enjoyed those (as you absolutely should have), you're in luck because here are some new photos of the country's biggest city: Almaty. Just to clarify though, I am not there right now. These photos were taken by top contributor Daniel Gandini as he's making his way across Central Asia. Please enjoy.
Over the past three years of travelling, I've met some pretty awesome animals, domestic, wild, and stray. Without fail, each one has brightened up my day, and unlike people, they've never bothered or infuriated me. Now it is time to give them a bit of the spotlight.
Digging up through the archives of my distant past (two years ago), I give you pictures of a historical Russian village on the Golden Ring. While the landscapes were pretty amazing, nothing will top the several liters of mead I bought from a babushka on the side of the road. To this day, such a beverage has not been topped (a challenge to all of you out there). Needless to say, I'm rambling. So please enjoy these photos.
As you can probably tell from the stories, I like making cartoons. I feel like they offer much more humor and creativity than those lame, abominations called photographs. Cartoons keep the imagination alive and allow me to use more hyperbole and exaggeration when constructing a narrative. Pictures just show the bland state of reality. Therefore, without further ado, here are some of my personal favorite images I've made on microsoft paint. Some of them come from stories already on the blog, while others were just the result of my own random free time. Either way, please enjoy!
5 1/2 years ago, when I was a young fool, I went on my then first big solo trip to Siberia (Lake Baikal in particular) to help dig a trail system. Little did I know it, this kickstarted my urge to wander off to bizarre places that normal people wouldn't dare go. So without further ado, here is a nostalgiac homage to that adventure.
These are my arbitrary top landscape (and goat) photos of the year. I shall take you on a journey across Europe, into Central Asia, and along a mountain range that rides between the two. And all people have been removed from the foreground due to my personal disdain of selfies. That said, please enjoy.
Here are some of my top pictures of Russia during the winter. Most of these are from a road trip I did with a friend from Moscow down to the Caucasus in 2016, but there are also a couple from Moscow itself as well as Vladimir. (Photos taken in 2016-2017)
As a temporary farewell to Moscow, I took all these pictures at one of my favorite spots and the opening scene for the book Master and Margarita: Patriarch's Ponds/Патриаршие Пруды (which is actually a misnomer since there it only one pond). Anyway, Enjoy!
The first few are cityscape shots of St. Petersburg, Russia during the White Nights period in June (where it never gets fully dark outside). The remaining ones are of Polosaty Hostel in St. Petersburg and a most unusual statue of Yuri Gagarin in Moscow.
First edition. The first three pictures are of Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow on a nice, sunny day. While the park is mostly know for the palace/museum and the ornate fountains near the entrance, the back half is almost entirely a forest with some really nice walking trails (and far less tourists)
The next two pictures are an opposition protest against Putin and political corruption in the Russian government that broke out on Russia Day (12 June). Although I don't usually get political on this blog, I have to give credit to the protesters. Police came and broke it up three times and each time, a new wave came to fill the square. And on top of that, they formed a congo-line at one point in defiance. Gotta hand it to them for the bravery.