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Russian and Soviet history and culture is chalk-full of incredible, devastating, and beautiful events that will make you constantly want to learn more. Get an idea of the historical landscape with these posts below to give you a cultural insight into the Russian mentality.

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The History of the Baltics Pre-USSR: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

After a long break from travel due to COVID-19, I was finally able to return to the former Eastern bloc in winter 2022 and travel around the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania! Although my primary interest lies in Soviet history, it proved too difficult to just ignore the plethora of medieval castles and […]

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central Asia

central Asia

Eurasia

Belarus

Russia

Kyrgyzstan

armenia

Moldova

Kazakhstan

EASTERN EUROPE

eastern europe

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The caucasus

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Kyrgyzstan

central Asia

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Kazakhstan

central Asia

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Belarus

eastern europe

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Moldova

eastern europe

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Armenia

The caucasus

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Pssst - Where are the rest?

As of right now, I have not hit my goal of traveling to all 15 former Soviet republics - I'm a working girl, cut me some slack! In the meantime, however, I am doing a ton of research to plan these future trips. Interested in seeing what online resources I use to create an itinerary to ensure my travels are educational, thorough, and, most important of all, safe?

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