1. Distances in Russia are huge
An obvious fact: Russia is a large country and so are the distances between train stations. If you plan your trip on a map you will probably end up underestimating the distances between Siberian cities. The classic transsiberian railway starting in Moscow to Vladivostok is over 8.000km. Our trips were Zürich to Budapest 1.036km, Budapest to Kiev 1.116km, Kiev to Moskva 862km, Moskva to Kazan 796km, Kazan to Yekaterinburg 876km, Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk 1.523km, Novosibirsk to Tomsk 317km, Tomsk to Irkutsk 1.883km, Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude 462km, Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar 578km, Ulaanbaatar to Peking 1.172km totaling over 10.000km
For the last 5 weeks we have been on a big adventure through 8 countries from Switzerland, through Austria and Liechtenstein to Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia all the way to China. Our goal was to reach Beijing, China without using any plane only by traveling on land.
A photographer friend and I have been thinking about a trip to take photos for some days and we decided to visit Sofia, Bulgaria. This is just a short write-up about my experiences there and some photos from Sofia.
Recently I noticed more and more articles about people travelling Persia or – as it’s called nowadays – Iran.
There is a very popular book about couchsurfing in Iran which seems to inspire a growing number of people to have a look at this unknown, wild and interesting country by themselves.
While we did not use the couchsurfing platform at all, my girlfriend and I travelled through Iran in October 2016 and as it seems Iran is getting more and more popular for travellers and there is a growing demand in information on Iran while the country is slowly opening up to the west again.
So I decided to write a bit about our experiences there in retrospective because I started this blog only after we came back.
Some weeks ago I was planning a short trip which should take me not too far away from Zürich as I had only one week off. The trip should take place in early March and I felt like having some warm and sunny days after the cold winter we had in Switzerland so Italy promised to be a great choice. I finally decided to go to Palermo, Sicily.
I imagined Palermo as a very traditional Italian town full of history, busy streets, lively people and – of course – the great mediterranean food, so this all sounded very holiday-like to me.
Ever since I take most of my photo on film, developing and scanning my own films included, I felt that this might be interesting to other people as analog photography is quite a trend nowadays. So I thought about additionally sharing these photos on the currently very popular service Instagram. There has been a lot of buzz about this picture sharing platform and I just thought “Why not?”
Let me share my thoughts and experiences with you after a year on Instagram.
Alright – “the ultimate Contax T2 write-up”? Not quite! Almost everything has been said about this camera already and I can just give you my opinion on it.
I know that the Contax T2 is a very sought-after camera for many analog enthusiasts so I’d like to share my personal thoughts on it which might or might not help you decide if this camera suits you or not. Of course there are many great articles around about this camera but maybe you’ll get an additional perspective from my first impressions here.
After exclusively using Leica Ms of all sorts for several years (an analog Leica MP was my only camera during the last 12 months, an M6 for many months before that and a Leica M Monochrom before that for several years) I wanted to try something different. Yet I am currently all analog and the new cam should be a sturdy, compact autofocus film-camera. After some internet research it looked like the Contax T2 was the perfect model for my needs.