The Mystic Russian Charms: The Albazin Root

The Mystic Russian Charms: The Albazin Root

Loo, a suburb area of the Russian Winter Olympics City Sochi. Locals say the name means “settlement” and it comes from one of the greatest Albazin feudal families.

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The Mystic Russian Charms: The Albazin Root

The Mystic Russian Charms: The Albazin Root

Loo, a suburb area of the Russian Winter Olympics City Sochi. Locals say the name means “settlement” and it comes from one of the greatest Albazin feudal families.

Russian Portrait: My Russian Anna

Russian Portrait: My Russian Anna

If I have to say a name which represents my angel in travel, I would undoubtedly say “Anna” (or “Ana”), including my Swedish sister Anna, Spanish buddy Ana and Russian fellow Анна. My Russian Анна used to be my colleague and neighbour in a Russian village called Dagomys. We rode bus together after work. Once the city had a huge traffic jam, we decided to take an illegal bus at a higher price. We both sat next to the driver in the front and listened to the Russian pop songs from the radio. That was a real unexpected but pleasant experience in Russia. After the car ride, we followed our heart and had a mini party with cheese, bread and tea. I am afraid I am in love with the hospitality and spontaneity of the Russian.

Russian Portrait: My Russian Anna

Russian Portrait: My Russian Anna

If I have to say a name which represents my angel in travel, I would undoubtedly say “Anna” (or “Ana”), including my Swedish sister Anna, Spanish buddy Ana and Russian fellow Анна. My Russian Анна used to be my colleague and neighbour in a Russian village called Dagomys. We rode bus together after work. Once the city had a huge traffic jam, we decided to take an illegal bus at a higher price. We both sat next to the driver in the front and listened to the Russian pop songs from the radio. That was a real unexpected but pleasant experience in Russia. After the car ride, we followed our heart and had a mini party with cheese, bread and tea. I am afraid I am in love with the hospitality and spontaneity of the Russian.

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

“How do Russians see themselves in the world today? What role do they want their nation to play? What are the sources and origins of these aspirations and attitudes? And after so many centuries of suffering what is it to love Mother Russia?”

Jonathan Dimbleby, Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

“How do Russians see themselves in the world today? What role do they want their nation to play? What are the sources and origins of these aspirations and attitudes? And after so many centuries of suffering what is it to love Mother Russia?”

Jonathan Dimbleby, Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People

The Moment: “Loneliness is just a crime”

“There’s an airplane in the sky
With a banner right behind
Loneliness is just a crime”

Say Hello, Rosie Thomas

The Moment: “Loneliness is just a crime”

“There’s an airplane in the sky
With a banner right behind
Loneliness is just a crime”

Say Hello, Rosie Thomas

Russian Portrait: Madonna’s Super Fan

Russian Portrait: Madonna's super fan

Eugene is a predominant DJ at Maks FM, a local radio channel in Sochi. When we first met, he always talked about Madonna. He invited me to his place and had a couple of glasses of vodka. He showed me the DVD Madonna’s concert in St. Petersburg. The exciting face of him whenever he talked about Madonna was like a real kid. After the DVD, he lighted a cigarette, looked in my eyes and said: “I can’t believe that I am now talking to someone from Hong Kong.” It was my first time of seeing his excited face without talking about Madonna. I think it was probably because of vodka.

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Russian Portrait: Madonna’s Super Fan

Russian Portrait: Madonna's super fan

Eugene is a predominant DJ at Maks FM, a local radio channel in Sochi. When we first met, he always talked about Madonna. He invited me to his place and had a couple of glasses of vodka. He showed me the DVD Madonna’s concert in St. Petersburg. The exciting face of him whenever he talked about Madonna was like a real kid. After the DVD, he lighted a cigarette, looked in my eyes and said: “I can’t believe that I am now talking to someone from Hong Kong.” It was my first time of seeing his excited face without talking about Madonna. I think it was probably because of vodka.

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Russian Architecture: Train Station of Sochi

Russian Architecture: Train Station of Sochi

The Central Railway Station of Sochi reveals the charm of the city that goes beyond a resort city. The great architecture has been praised as the most beautiful in the city. One may honor the architect for his achievement, and yet he was accused of his popularity in the Soviet Times. Paradoxically, the station appears a mixture of pride and jealousy which vividly depicts the complexity of human nature and the ups and downs of one’s life.

Russian Architecture: Train Station of Sochi

Russian Architecture: Train Station of Sochi

The Central Railway Station of Sochi reveals the charm of the city that goes beyond a resort city. The great architecture has been praised as the most beautiful in the city. One may honor the architect for his achievement, and yet he was accused of his popularity in the Soviet Times. Paradoxically, the station appears a mixture of pride and jealousy which vividly depicts the complexity of human nature and the ups and downs of one’s life.

The Mystic Russian Charms: Seacoast of the Black Sea

The Mystic Russian Charms: Seacoast of the Black Sea

The beach in Sochi might not be the best in Europe but it offers an atmosphere which is packed with romance, history and mystery. It remains an extraordinary experience to walk along the sea coast, listen to the rhythm of the sea and imagine what could have happened to a broken ship with the backdrop of sunset.

The Mystic Russian Charms: Seacoast of the Black Sea

The Mystic Russian Charms: Seacoast of the Black Sea

The beach in Sochi might not be the best in Europe but it offers an atmosphere which is packed with romance, history and mystery. It remains an extraordinary experience to walk along the sea coast, listen to the rhythm of the sea and imagine what could have happened to a broken ship with the backdrop of sunset.