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What to see in Virginia

Русская версия   Virginia is a place where the US as we imagine it now started: it became the first permanent New World English colonies. It is also called Old Dominion even now due to its status as a former dominion of the English. Moreover, it is often called Mother of Presidents as a state where most of American presidents were born. Current touristic motto of the state is “Virginia Is For Lovers”, not quite clear why: maybe since Virginia with its beaches is a great getaway for couples. Although these are not only beaches which fascinate visitors: Virginia is reach in mountains, museums, and oldest cities. Due to its great history, Virginia is an important place to learn about the country’s past and present. Also, it is a Mecca for those interested in air, space, marine ship industries.

From Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki for 5 euros

Русская версия Become one of the first to take a trip from Saint-Petersburg to Helsinki by brand new Lux Express buss, for less that 5 euros! The quantity of tickets with this price is limited, so make your decision fast! This price works for the first bus on this route, departing June, 2, 2014.


China-Malasiya-Vietnam-China: itinerary and advice

Русская версия The idea of this trip appeared in September 2013, when constantly monitoring tickets for winter holidays anywhere, we came across the sale of China Southern and bought round trip tickets Moscow – Guangzhou – Moscow for 471$ each. But between September and the trip itself (in January) too many things happened. We overtravelled in the US, Nastya had appendicitis surgery less than a month before the trip – these and other small troubles made us think of returning the tickets (loosing 1/3 of their price only although we bought them on a sale). But we finally decided to go, and made Chinese visa last moment. What we did not consider is that our trip coincided with Chinese New Year which implies multiple migrations in this region and high prices for the tickets. That is why instead of the initial route China – Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos, we had to change the choice of the countries to Vietnam and Malaysia: tickets to and from them cost less.
Map of the route (clickable):

Finnish buses: the cheapest transport in one of the most expensive countries

Русская версия   Scared by Finnish prices? Reluctant to go there because it is so expensive?
There is a way to save money!

Blue Ridge Parkway

Русская версия   Stretching from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway is a road of almost 700 kms of fascinating views high in the Appalachian mountains. The road is a great opportunity to breathe fresh mountain air, enjoy the views, and see numerous plant and animal species (e.g. 54 mammals!). On the way you may also see old Appalachian farm buildings, trail cabins and other out-of-date miracles, also hike, camp, rent lodgings, fish, swim, or simply drive. The Parkway has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 (except one 1949) being quite an old way of having fun:
Blue Ridge

Tbilisi: heat, architecture, flea market and… Indians

Русская версия   We reached Tbilisi in the evening by marshrutka from Kakheti. The bus station is 5 minutes away from subway, so we went to the railway station to buy tickets to Erevan for the next day, and then to the hostel. We booked it in advance on booking, here, its name is ‘Tbilisi Budget Inn”. Never, never go there!