I had been talking about a trip to Russia with my friend Hanne. Hence we decided to go there together in June, 2007. My fiancée Mari was not able to come which was a pity (particularly as she speaks much better Russian than Hanne or I).
Russia is a big country and it took some time to negotiate which part of it we should head to. Hanne would have liked to go to Siberia while I preferred southern parts of Russia and the Black Sea (possibly Ukraine, too). As a compromise solution we decided to go to river Volga, more particularly to the republics of Tatarstan and Mari El.
Our itinerary was Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Moscow – Holmi festival – Kazan – Yoshkar-Ola – Kozmodemyansk – Moscow – Tver – St. Petersburg – Helsinki (last few etapes I made alone since Hanne stayed in Moscow).
Accommodation was mostly arranged via Hospitality Club accommodation network.
See the 705 photos that I took: the first etape was from Helsinki to St. Petersburg by a Russian bus.
Other travel photos:
I visited Åland islands (an autonomous part of Finland) and Uppsala (a city in Sweden) in June, 2010 with Mari and our friend Inka. The places were near but it still was the first time for me in both of them.
Places on the way: Grisslehamn and Eckerö Linjen.
Kopli, Tallinn (Estonia) (2010)
I was in Armenia with my sister Nina in May/June, 2009. We were there to visit some monasteries, to see beautiful landscapes and to enjoy good food.
Mari and I, we visited Guadeloupe, Dominica and the Saints (Les Saintes) between them in November/December, 2007. It was our honeymoon trip.
See also my separate Roseau photo pages.
I visited Russia with my bestman Hanne in June, 2007. Our main destinations were Moscow, Kazan and the Mari El Republic but we also visited, for instance, the Holmi festival.
I participated in a car trip to Croatia and back. A friend was moving there and needed someone to drive the car. The trip was made in September/October, 2005.
Main destination: Croatia.
Nairobi, Kenya (2005)
I made a train trip in Europe with my girlfriend (who later became my wife) Mari in July, 2004. Our main destination was France. We also met my sister Nina and her dog Hyena in the Spanish side of the Pyrenees.
Tartu, Estonia (2002)
Sweden and Denmark (2000)
Lapland and Northern Norway (2000)
Petrozavodsk and Murmansk, Russia (1999–2000)
Tenerife, Canary Islands (1999 & 2001)
East Caribbean islands (1999)
Hungary and Via Baltica (1998)