tip off

Red Ink Town: riding through rain-filled avalanches

K Johnson rode through treacherous mountains in Georgia, with constant mini-avalanches and rain pouring down, in search of the town of Vardzia. Too bad there are two Vardzias in Georgia …

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality

After a ten-day boat ride — that was supposed to take four — K Johnson arrived in Georgia, the Caucasus country with the best food. As long as you can handle a shot of booze with breakfast …

READ MORE
IRAN|

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

You can feel the tension in the Iranian town of Piranshahr. Here the police are more alert and better armed than in the rest of the country. They maintain a larger buffer around themselves, keeping locals at arm’s length in the crowded market places and the chaotic streets. This region contains a majority Kurdish population [...]

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 2

Catch up on part 1 (which includes an explanation of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian tourists getting arrested for taking photos of tanks and eager tour guide Ashot’s #1 less for taking foreigners around Nagorno-Karabakh) here. By 10am next morning I was crammed in the back seat of Ashot’s Lada with the two Japonski, as Ashot referred to them [...]

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 1

K Johnson went traipsing through Nagorno-Karabakh, a de-facto state closely allied with Armenia, and a mighty thorn in the side of Azerbaijan who will refuse any traveller entry to their country if they show evidence of having been there.

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: Crimea, the Russian Riviera

Crimea is a beach holiday destination for many from the former USSR, but it’s the site of a former nuclear power plant that most captured K Johnson’s attention — and frustration.

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: Twenty-three and a half hours in Transnistria

Transistria, a breakaway republic located between Moldova and Ukraine, only allows a 24-hour tourist visa. K Johnson spends his 24 hours wondering how such a eerie country can be so well-off compared to its neighbours.

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: Czech yourself before you wreck yourself

When crossing from Germany into the Czech Republic you notice a marked decrease in the quality of the road’s surface. It’s a bumpy journey for all sorts of reasons.

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: from Riga with love

This was underground Riga, in the literal sense of the word underground. We had come down, out of the rain, into this ex-Soviet bunker, through the massive blast door and into a foyer. There was a constant, all pervasive smell of gun powder in this facility.

READ MORE

Red Ink Run: playing with nuclear bombs in Bunker 42

The building is little more than a façade and houses a massive dome used to shield the entrance of an underground military complex from a nuclear strike on Moscow.

READ MORE

Womens Agenda

loading...

Smart Company

loading...

StartupSmart

loading...

Property Observer

loading...