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Posts published in January 2011

Do You Wonder Why Russia is Buying Gold?

Russia posts “gold record” Russia as I have expressed several times in the past few years, is steadily buying gold. This good article from “Voice of Russia” explains a little about what is going on… Russia bought a record amount of gold for its gold reserves in 2010. An increase by nearly one third to a total of 784 tons…

Back Home in Russia – Safe and Sound…

I was sitting here thinking about the trip I just made over a good cup of coffee. It is really amazing how bad the coffee can be when you have to buy it from a machine. I tried several cups of train station coffee this trip and found that while it was chocked full of caffeine. They forgot to keep…

The Kiev, Ukraine Train Station…

It was a dreary day and snowing like crazy. I decided while waiting for my evening train back to Moscow, to take a walk. I snapped a few pictures and they came out OK. Not great, but it gives you an idea of the Kiev train station… While Moscow has multiples of train stations including one called the Kiev station.…

Where Oh Where Has The Kiev Mayor Gone…

Mayor of Kiev, Leonid Chernovetskyi… Some interesting news while I was in Kiev this time: For over two months now (and some are saying 5 months) in Kiev. The mayor has not been seen. The TV news at the hotel reported that he left Ukraine this past November to celebrate his 59th birthday in France and never came back… I…

Ukraine posting from McDonalds…

I finally found a system that allowed me to mobile post. As I sit eating a hamburger I am typing this. So I realize this is not much but it is a start…. My first three attempts at mobile posting failed… Lets hope this works. I was able to approve some comments and delete some comments that wished my death……

In Ukraine and trying to post…

Hey everyone! I am sitting in a WiFi zone. Kiev seems to have free WiFi all over the place… I am just trying out this mobile blogging thing… If it works. Then I will do more later. I am sitting in a McDonald’s in Ukraine at this moment. I found a free WiFi and will say a few words. I…

Lessons From the Moscow Bombing – by Eli Cryderman…

At 4:32pm local time, a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device equivalent to ~15lbs TNT in a crowded international arrival zone at Domodedovo airport, the busiest of Moscow’s three airports. At least 35 people were killed instantly while reports of those injured have been reported as high as 168. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it…

Going To Ukraine and get a Visa to Russia…

For the rest of this week. I will be traveling to Ukraine and back. It is that time for me to go get a new visa. I will as I always do, take a train. I just look forward to the train trip. I get to enjoy new experiences every time I go… When I get back I am planning…

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