Bad news: No real poasting from August 13-21.
Good news: There’ll soon be travel reports for Novgorod and Bryansk (probably Ryazan too before the month is out).
As my travel reports seem to be well received, I’ll make a note to start doing more of them in the future. I have recent material/observations on a few Russian cities (not Moscow/SPB), most recently Novgorod.
In the future, you can access an expanding, categorized list of travel reports here: http://akarlin.com/travel/
Thank you to all the people who donated: TW, DJ, SP, AC, JB, and the anonymous BTC contributor.
Many excellent comments at the Romania thread. I didn’t have time to participate much in the discussion, but I did read all the comments and learned a lot from them (esp. via Vendetta, anon, Seraphim, Old Romanian).
PS. I really loved the feel of the Mosin rifle in my hands. No wonder it was so successful.