Bizarre Russian festival has entrants competing for the greatest number of mosquito bites.
Ten days, five time zones, two continents: this is one epic train journey.
This train trip is the biggest of the big. All the rest are peanuts in comparison.
It's the longest railway line through some of the world's harshest and most beautiful terrain.
To stand in the cell where Leon Trotsky was incarcerated is a powerful reminder of the troubled history of the former Soviet Union.
Decisions, decisions. It's a big world out there, and it's begging to be explored. The question is: where do you go next?
I don't understand this country. It makes no sense. And that's why I love it.
How hard is it to get a visa for Russia? We've heard we could be turned back at the airport.
The largest country in the world has a lot to offer the intrepid traveller. Start with the unparalleled candy coloured spires of Moscow and the surrounding Red Square. Diverse landscapes, strange old resort towns and the most desolate place on earth, Siberia, beg to be explored. Don't miss sweating it out in a public banya (steam bath), sailing across Lake Baikal, or a trip to the ballet.