Travelling along the Trans-Mongolian railway was never a dream of mine. But then I stopped and thought about the enormity of it all for a minute.
Bob Golodets is one of Intrepid’s most popular leaders in Russia. And he’s as Russian as they come – strong of heart, thick of accent*, fan of stew.
Bob loves Russia. He never stops talking (or thinking) about it. But there’s another nearby country that he just can’t get off his mind, no matter what he does. “All countries are special, but some are more special than others,” laments Bob. “Why I keep thinking about Georgia?!”
If you’re anything like us, you leave your New Year’s Eve plans ‘til the last minute and subject yourself to a frenzy of pre-celebratory anxiety.
As Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February, we hear from Intrepid Group Leader Boris ‘Bob’ Golodets about why he loves this time of year in his homeland…
“Winter is probably one of the best seasons to go on holiday to Russia. Let’s face it, we have winter at least half of the year and the country mainly was designed to survive in cold temperatures. As premier Putin once said to foreign guests, “You can feel comfortable in Russia in all kinds of the weather – just dress appropriately!”
How do you start to wrap your tongue and mind around a language as challenging as Russian? It’s not as hard as you might think with these tips to help you enjoy your tour of Russia…
For starters, you need to know some important things about language. Some essential rules. For example, if you put the stress on the first vowel in the word Uha it will mean ‘ear’ and if on the last vowel, it will mean ‘fish soup’. So let me share with you some of the very important Russian words and phrases and along the way you will discover some interesting facts about their etymology and relationship with English.
Hands up if you ever expect to win any of the competitions you enter? Well for Cassie Silva it was no different, except that this time she got the surprise of her life when she really did win…
“As one of the winners of Intrepid’s ’30 Trips in 30 Days’ giveaway, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for one of the most fantastic tours of my life. I have travelled with several other of the big name group tour companies in the past years, but Intrepid surpassed them all.
Can you imagine the entire Russian Federation being reconstructed in miniature? The diminishing Soviet Union tradition and technique of producing scale models has been resurrected for this impressive project and interactive work of art.
Known as the Grand Maket or ‘Grand Model’, it is the one of the most unusual museums of Russia. It’s an incredibly interesting miniature depiction of my country and it is in my city, St Petersburg.