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The BAM: Russia’s Unknown Trans-Siberian Train??

?? We have all heard of the Trans-Siberian, Russia’s mega train journey that crosses Siberia as it skirts the Chinese border. But few have heard of the even more impressive B.A.M ( Baikal Amur Mainline ) which passes through virgin forest in the middle of Siberia. Built in the 1970s by young communists, the BAM is the greatest construction project of the 20th Century. And yet it is unknown in the West.

I decided to go and ride this unknown journey across northern Siberia and speak to the people who came to build it. Join me as we ride ‘The Bam’!

The journey route: Tayshet-Severobaykalsk-Novi Uoyan-Tinda

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Looking For A Drink In Deepest Siberia ??

?? What does a man have to do to get a beer around here? Well if you’re in the Siberian town of Taiga then the answer is quite a lot. I searched everywhere for a beer and met legends on the way. Welcome to the towns other bloggers don’t show you, where everyone is a character with a twinkle in their eye.

For you guys searching on a map for the towns I visit in this film, they are: Novosibirsk-Bolotnoe-Tomsk-Taiga-Taishet

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Inside Perm 36: The Last Gulag

?? Under Stalin the G.U.LAG ( Main Administration of Camps ) system spread out across what was the former Soviet Union, swallowing up citizens and foreigners from all corners of the empire. Ukrainians, Estonians, Kyrgyz etc. were taken from their homes and sent north in box cars to the camps to work away their stretches. Millions passed through the camps and many never returned home. Those camps have long been dismantled or converted into regular factories and work places and you’d be hard pressed to know that you were visiting a former camp. However Perm 36 logging camp has been preserved and so I travelled to the very edge of Europe to a village called Kutchino to visit the last Gulag and to see how the prisoners lived.

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Solo On The World’s Longest Train Journey ??

??The Trans-Siberian train, who hasn’t dreamt of taking it across this leviathan of a country? Well not me to be honest but somehow I decided to override my dread of endless train rides to show you what nobody has shown you before. The real Trans-Siberian. This isn’t a package tour, nothing is booked in advance. It’s just me on my own hopping from town to town on whichever train is leaving next, meeting locals, drinking vodka, avoiding snorers, exploring Russia. Join me!