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Oct 14, 2018 - Kaliningrad - Prolegomena

Another place of pilgrimage. But I never thought that highly of Kant, considering him obsessively obscure. But over the past 5 or 10 years I've come to appreciate him more. Anyway this was his home. Wouldn't it be nice if we followed his dictum to always treat our fellow humans as ends in themselves and not as means to our ends. More of what I've come to appreciate about Russia - Genuine warmth and hospitality Safety - on the streets and when crossing a street The lack of American tourists. Oh shit, let me take that back. Well, too late....

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Apr 10, 2006 - Welcome to the Concrete Jungle

Kaliningrad, Russia I'm on a bus pulling out of Kaliningrad, heading toward Riga. I reckon not too many people I know can say they've done that. I doubt many people I know would really care to say they've done that. Kaliningrad is an interesting enough city, but it's typically Russian, and Russia's not for everybody. Russia is raw and hard-edged and gritty. Its cities are concrete sprawls, uniform and seemingly without end. They light up at night, but only from the neon lights of the ubiquitous slot machines parlors. Its people are...

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Apr 25, 2005 - Will Lenin Return?

After a few days of exploring the scenic streets of St. Petersburg, I caught an early morning flight to Kaliningrad, arguably Russia's true window to Europe. This tiny region lies on the Baltic Sea, sandwiched between Lithuania to the north and Poland to the south. It was part of Germany before World War II and was once a beautiful city full of church spires and quaint neighborhoods with a rich history dating back to the 14th century. Sadly, much of the city was destroyed during the war, and what was left became a hybridized mix of...

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