December 2009

Card Game: Khanquest

December 29, 2009

Most of the traditional Mongolian games of skill and chance are played with the ankle bones of sheep (and therefore difficult to recreate outside a ger). However we did learn a card game while staying with a nomadic family out on the Mongolian steppe and in our attempt to spread Mongol culture, we’ve included the […]

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In Photos: The Trans-Siberian Express

December 28, 2009

Traveling from Moscow to Ulan Bataar on the Trans-Siberian is 101 hours and 3,893 miles (6,266 kilometers). As a point of reference, driving Highway 80 from San Francisco to New York City is only 2,905 miles. There’s a lot that happens in those four days… and very little that goes on. What follows are a […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

We had quite a Christmas day this year. A Pro/Celebrity Charity Soccer game where we participated in Guinness World Record attempt for largest number of people singing Christmas carols, dinner with family that Anjel hasn’t seen in 27 years and to top it all off, a little genuine “White Christmas” snow for the walk back […]

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Flickr Set: Signs and Lettering

December 21, 2009

We’ve been photographing all sorts of billboards, road signs, tombstones, posters, and other things that have caught our eye as we’ve been traveling and thrown them into one big Flickr set that you can see here (there are a few samples in this post too). The photos in the Flickr set are sorted by date, […]

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“Russians are clever” : Arriving in Russia

December 20, 2009

“Russians are clever” – Part 1 (9010) This is the lock on the door of the home we stayed at in St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s a sizeable deadbolt with three pins that sink into a heavy duty steel frame around the door. The key, which is two-sided and looks like a modern version of a […]

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Where We’ve Been

December 17, 2009

Below is a link to a Google Map of all the cities and towns in which we’ve spent at least one night. As of today (12.18.09) the total is 53, but the map will continue to be updated as we travel, and the text of this post probably will not. Click here to open the […]

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