Exploring Lake Baikal: A Photo Blog

In late October, after years of dreaming and a few frenzied weeks of planning, my friend and I went to Irkutsk. Our primary target was Lake Baikal, the deepest and most ancient lake in the world—to better appreciate it, we took a personalized tour of the lake and Olkhon, the largest island in it. We …

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Glenn Camilo’s Adventures in Kazakhstan: A Photo Blog

This picture was taken at a former women’s gulag outside of the capital. It is now a museum which displays the conditions and the stories of the women who were forced to labor here in the early Soviet times. The front structure is a monument dedicated to those who suffered during that regime. Visitors are …

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Special Moments in Russia

Weeks have passed in a blur. I distinctly remember debating fruit rankings with my coworkers, exploring breathtaking churches, travelling alone to St. Petersburg, and even celebrating my 21st birthday. Distinct moments such as these are only tiny capsules of memory frozen in time that, when added together, I’ve realized are wholly insufficient to describe the …

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First Impression in Moscow, Russia

My first impressions of Moscow during my first month here have been overwhelmingly positive. There are many aspects of this city and culture that I enjoy when comparing with the American culture that I am familiar with. I might not be able to go into depth on all of them, but I will mention a …

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A Trip to Sergiev Posad

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of taking part in an excursion to Sergiev Posad, which is a small, historical city a few hours by train outside of Moscow. This was an unplanned and pleasantly wonderful daytrip, where I was introduced to students on partner American Councils programs and where I was able to …

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