CTRP Heads to China

Since it started some 14 years ago, this website has been a chronicle of some unforgettable journeys to various corners of the Earth. Being able to share observations and lessons learned has long been one of the pleasures of keeping this place running. This week, another milestone in the adventure category: I’m off to Shanghai, […]

CTRP471 Learning Russia from the Inside

Not since the cold war has the world needed to take a time-out from political posturing and the information game to get beyond the gate keepers and speak directly with these millions of people referred to as “Russia”. Not unlike back 25 years ago, we in the west are once again talking about a people as if they do not have a voice and do not have a wide range of opinions and values. And over in Russia, you can bet similar is being done in the media when referring to “the west”. Enter the power of the podcast: On today’s program I am coming to you from Moscow, the heart of the nation that so many are talking about these days with angry and confused tones. But this is not about Ukraine. Nor is it about Putin really. This is about the city, life, culture, and experience that, as my excellent guest Victor remind us, we have in common with this fascinating and important population.

Moscow Notes

10 days in Moscow; it starts with a child like excitement to meet the loved ones of my special lady. But also¬†to see, hear, smell and try things in a legendary place with so much going on. It ends with some kind of hard-to-get-rid-of hung over, exhausted, and somehow¬†defeated feeling. I have no doubt Russians, […]