I should be in St Petersburg now at the start of a long anticipated trans-Mongolian rail adventure to Beijing.
Sadly that has been put back until March 2021, though with Mongolia’s border shut like a clam for the foreseeable future, who knows when it might actually happen.
This means that Kaliningrad remains the only part of Russia that I have been to as yet.
Kaliningrad as actually an enclave on the Baltic coast sandwiched between Poland & Lithuania. It is strategically and economically important to Russia as the base of its Baltic fleet and the area where 90% of the world’s amber is mined.
I travelled there in 2014 on a 72-hour visa from Gdansk, en route to Minsk in Belarus.
Here are a few pictures of my time there.