Magazine article Russian Life

Roaming Russia

Magazine article Russian Life

Roaming Russia

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All of the feature stories in this issue in some way or another focus on travel: Russians traveling to India (page 34), Chinese traveling to Russia (page 46), traveling in search of Gulags (page 28), in search of bus stops (page 42), and traveling back in time to experience the Caucasus in the nineteenth century (page 52).

I may only have noticed this travel-heavy connection because it coincides with our epic trip across Russia, from its northernmost coast near Norway, to the southern shores of the Black Sea. In fact, soon after you receive this issue, I will be catching a flight to Oslo and Kirkenes, where Mikhail Mordasov and I will begin our adventure on the frosty edge of the Barents Sea.

Russian Life magazine has always been about armchair travel: telling stories from the past and present that help readers travel to Russia in their minds. But we also hope that our stories occasionally urge readers up out of their armchairs--to travel in Russia (or even India or China!).

We hope this because in most instances, when done right, travel is a transformative experience. Just like good fiction, which can help us to see reality through the eyes of another human being, travel forces us to see the world in new ways, from outside our comfort zone. …

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