Around the World in 80 Days, Day 39: Russia, Part 3 – Socialism, the Opiate of Godless People

This year, this month actually, is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution.  The Russian government is trying to capitalize on the fact by marketing tours of the country to the old communist guard who still revere the likes of Lenin and Stalin.  Zachary and I had included Russia on our Around the World in 80 … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 38: Russia, Part 2 – A Brief (and Mostly True) History of Religion in Russia

“Drinking is the joy of the Russes!” —Prince Vladimir in The Primary Chronicle In Part 1 of my three-part series on Russia, I said that many of Russia’s problems could be attributed to the fact that Russia is not now—nor has it ever—been truly Christian.  It is that faith that gave birth to the West … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 37: Russia, Part 1 – The Mother of All Socialist Countries

“It was no use assuming that Russian plans worked out well for Russians:  they did nothing of the kind; Russians made failures of everything and reveled in failure.” —Bernard Pares, My Russian Memoirs Speaking of his 1839 trip to Russia, the Marquis de Custine wrote: “Whenever you are unhappy, go to Russia.  Anyone who has come … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 35: Mother Russia

It’s #ATW80 Day 35, and Larry and Zachary find themselves in the shadows of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia – certainly a dramatic change of scenery from their previous stop in Delhi, India. It’s a country Larry has been in many times before (his first visit just after the collapse of the Soviet Union), but … Read more