Russia Rising Star – a Russian Astronomers Story

Rising Star – a Russian Astronomers Story

I know this guy in Russia. We call him Uncle; the younger brother of my wife’s grandmother by 14 years. An amazing guy whose life story is interesting. I want to share a little glimpse into what happened to him over the years during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Uncle grew up as a …

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Thailand Where not to sleep in Phuket

Where not to sleep in Phuket

After returning home to the comfort of my hotel I rested and got organised for a night out with my newly made friends from Kenneys Aussie Bar Riding over the hill in the dark takes some doing and with my loosely fitting helmet and reduced vision due to the tinted visor it took all my …

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Russia Russian Brides – No just two people who fell in love

Russian Brides – No just two people who fell in love

I came through a cliche type of divorce in 1994, you know the type where you think you win but financially & emotionally you loose. I thought that by working hard I might be able to “get on top” again. I found myself very busy but also very lonely. I decided to reply to some adds in the …

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Russia Russian Women, Why Me?

Russian Women, Why Me?

People ask how we met. So here’s a little about us. Back in the Early 90s Russia was falling apart. the break up of the soviet union left millions of people out of work and bought the country to its knees. There was nothing on the shelves in the shops and civil unrest. The Mafia …

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Health Fit and healthy for life

Fit and healthy for life

Elena’s take on fitness to travel. It’s all started with Wayne’s employer rolling out “fit for life” motto which pretty much meant that employees need to look after their health (and mostly their backs being in the heavy lifting job). He went to a day course and got a cute red backpack that had (surprise!) …

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Germany Heidelberg- A wonder of Ancient Germany

Heidelberg- A wonder of Ancient Germany

No matter where you are in the world plane trips are boring after the first few hours. armed with my blanket and trying to make the most out of sleeping in an upright position I settled in the the 12 hour flight from Singapore to Franfrurt. Apparently I must have managed some sleep because I …

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Russia Traditional Russian Drink – Not Vodka – Kvass

Traditional Russian Drink – Not Vodka – Kvass

And we all thought the national drink of Russian people was vodka! Not so according to many local Russians who have been drinking this product for years. Kvass is a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread. The colour of the bread used contributes to the color of the resulting drink. It is classified as a non-alcoholic drink by Russian …

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Russia Lake Turgoyak and Vera Island

Lake Turgoyak and Vera Island

My Sister in Law, Jane had organized perfectly, a days rest in between our rafting on the Ay River and the lake visit we needed and after the events that unfolded getting our lost bags back yesterday, we needed a stress free day. Rising at 6.30am which is normally no effort is getting harder and …

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China The Summer Place – Beijing

The Summer Place – Beijing

Turning in easily last night and somehow managing to get 13 hours of sleep I realized this morning that that was the last sleep in bed until I get home to Australia in two days time! Since Elena read her book until midnight once again she is the last one out of bed. I’m showered and ready …

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Russia Raft the Ay River in Russia

Raft the Ay River in Russia

Up the Creek with a paddle, we Raft the Ay River in Russia As I’m the foreigner here my family made a full two week itinerary for Elena and myself as they didn’t want me to get bored. ​​I have to admit it’s a bit tricky not being able to speak Russian. But thankfully Elena’s …

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