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<b>K Johnson</b> 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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 […]

<b>K Johnson</b> 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I considered it a glaring omission from an otherwise comprehensive travel CV that I had never been couch surfing.

Red Ink Run: an uncomfortable adventure in couch surfing

I considered it a glaring omission from an otherwise comprehensive travel CV that I had never been couch surfing.

Perm-36 is a relic, the last camp of its kind from the Soviet GULAG system to remain anything other than rubble. Its continued existence is owed to both the failure of authorities to successfully bulldoze it in the dying days of the Soviet regime and efforts by local historians to restore it.

Red Ink Run: the last GULAG in Russia

Perm-36 is a relic, the last camp of its kind from the Soviet GULAG system to remain anything other than rubble. Its continued existence is owed to both the failure of authorities to successfully bulldoze it in the dying days of the Soviet regime and efforts by local historians to restore it.

Azerbaijan -- a country that was on no one's mind a mere week ago until a television audience of millions watched it soar to glory in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest on the weekend. With the ink on its name barely dry on the victor’s podium, Crikey gets the jump with the following definitive list of some of the greatest things about visiting the country.

And the winner is… Azerbaijan!

Azerbaijan -- a country that was on no one's mind a mere week ago until a television audience of millions watched it soar to glory in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest on the weekend. With the ink on its name barely dry on the victor’s podium, Crikey gets the jump with the following definitive list of some of the greatest things about visiting the country.