Fly Fishing In Russia

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A few years back, I spent a year living in Siberia and had a chance to head out to a town called Tinda. Much to my surprise, a couple of the locals had fly fishing on the menu. The Siberian Surprise Mention the word “Siberia” and most people think of bleak, frozen tundra stretching for […]


The Mean And Nasty Northern Pike

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Fly fishing on rivers and lakes is often portrayed as a communal zen moment in nature. Seek out the Northern Pike, however, and you are in for anything but a peaceful time. The Mean and Nasty Northern Pike The Pike is undisputedly a creation of some demon figure. It is big, fast, and mean. It […]


Only In Russia Tinda

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While living in Siberia for a year, I agreed to speak at a human rights conference. Only in Russia will you find a place like Tinda, a city we stopped in on our way. Trans-Siberian Railway When living in Siberia, the only way to get around is car, helicopter or the Trans-Siberian Railway. Since I […]


Siberia Russia Part 9 Chita

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After deciding to move to Siberia for a year to teach at the Chita State Technical University, I embarked on a travel odyssey unlike any other. In this entry, we pick up the last stage of the seven-day trip to get there. Siberia As Seen From A Train In preparing for my trip, I had […]


Impressions Of Siberia

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Mention the word “Siberia,” and images of gulags, frozen tundra and wastelands may come to mind. While there is some truth to these, my impressions of Siberia included more. Siberia comprises more than 75 percent of modern Russia. Unless you visit, there is simply no way to describe the total landmass of this much-maligned area […]


Chita Siberia A Little History

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In 1999, I decided to live a year in the city of Chita, Russia. For those not in the know, Chita is a city in Siberia. History The City of Chita is a the administrative center of the Chita Oblast, which is similar to a state. It is located smack dab in the middle of […]


Siberia Russia Part 1 Here I Come

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“You must really hate this job.” That’s what my boss said when I told him I was moving from San Diego to Siberia for a year. In reality, I was bored and looking for something that would be completely and utterly new. Whether it was sunstroke or a developing tolerance to margaritas, San Diego just […]


Russian Romance I Love You

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Romance and Russia, the two words just go together. Unless, of course, you are trying to speak in Russian. Russian Language The Russian language is not one that is typically considered a romance language. Based on the Cyrillic alphabet, there are a lot of stops and starts not to mention the occasional harsh noise. Given […]