Riding the Trans-Siberian Railway: Irkutsk, Russia

Siberian architecture in Irkutsk

  Irkutsk makes a pretty nice exile. When Russian army officers rose up against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825, they hoped for a better Russia: land equality, more representative government. Unfortunately, the Tsar’s guards trounced the Decembrists, hanged the leaders, and sent the rest to Siberia. Packing up their wives and candelabras, the Decembrists set out for Irkutsk. At that time, the city ... Read Full Article

Riding the Trans-Siberian Railway: Where to Stop in Western Siberia

Top of Krasnoyarsk Pillars in Siberia

  Between Moscow and Lake Baikal lie over 3,000 miles of track. The Trans-Siberian railroad winds through lowland plains and mountain ranges, chugging away from Russia’s urban centers and slowly out into the unknown. Or at least, that’s how it feels to a traveler, as the suburban brick and concrete fades into a pastiche of birch and meadow. This is Russia’s economic heartland and ... Read Full Article