Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Touring Helsinki and Heading Home

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890714.17 Day 15 We are presently at our cruising altitude of 31,000 ft heading for New York. A few minutes ago, we passed over Iceland. Earlier this morning, Kelly B., Pete and myself scouted out the market by the harbour. It felt so good to smell fresh fruit after two weeks of […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Traveling to Helsinki

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890713.11 Day 14 We have just visited St. Issac’s Cathedral near the Neva. It is a very large cathedral, compared to others that we have seen. Established in the early to mid 1800’s, it is a younger cathedral but due to Nazi attack, it is one that has needed much restoration. The […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Touring Leningrad (St. Petersburg)

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890712.10 Day 13 WHERE THE HELL IS THE PEPSI?!? This question was asked many times last night and today. Everyone is thirsty and the BS shop doesn’t have any Pepsi. All they have is booze and tonic water. Soon I will be too desperate to care. At this moment, we are headed […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Traveling to Leningrad (St. Petersburg)

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890711.18 Day 12 If you’re wondering what happened to Day 11, it was spent trying to figure what the hell happened to this journal. Two nights ago, I gave the journal to Greg the Wonder Dummy to have it marked. He supposedly gave it to KB but he never got it. It […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Boating on the Black Sea

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890709.20 Day 10 Today, almost everyone (except Jason ) was in higher spirits. Jason felt as if he were dead and spent the entire day in bed. Lisa and Greg disappeared for the whole day, which left the rest of us in suspense as to what was happening. Unfortunately, nothing “hot and […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Touring Sochi

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890708.16 Day 9 Today, we had a very wet tour of Sochi. This city of 130,000+ has only been here for about 150 years and does not have any significant history except for its Sanatoria, which are large health spas. They thrive on special mineral waters found in this area (they smell […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Traveling to Sochi on the Black Sea

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890707.10 Day 8 Today, almost all of us “men” leave for Sochi, about 4 hours before any of the girls. Most of us are just laying around while the girls are at the beach (some have to do our collective study which Greg finally handed out). Lisa Van E. was either scared […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Touring Odessa

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890706.14 Day 7 We got into Odessa early this morning, after we had been up for an hour already (we were forced awake and I want to kill Radar for doing it too!). After a good breakfast, we did a city tour. Odessa has not been around as long as Moscow or […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Shopping in Kiev and the Odessa Night Train

As Jason had told me when he came in after being out on the town, Igor showed up that morning to finish trading. But he had also brought his friend Sergei to get in on the action. There were only three of us in total, the two Soviets and myself who could trade. Jason had […]

Behind the Iron Curtain: My Trip to the Soviet Union, Touring Kiev

Observer’s Log: Traveldate 890704.08 Day 5 We didn’t sleep much last night, in fact, we barely slept at all. Some of us were getting pissed out of their minds while the rest of us were yapping about life and sex (in general). The Moscow area has completed my geography essay and a good chunk of […]