Krasnoyarsk Waiting Room

Every three hours or so, the No. 2 Rossiya train will stop for about 20 minutes.
Usually that’s not enough time to do much more than stock up on some food from the vendors on the platform.
By this point I’d been on the train for about 60 hours. That means no internet, TV or radio – really no communication of any sort with the outside world.
I had heard the Krasnoyarsk train station was nicer than most along the Trans-Siberian, and that was true. I ran inside and took the shot above.
The other reason I ran into the station was in hopes of getting a wifi signal on my iPod touch, and to my surprise, I was successful. This picture was taken at the spot where I got word that my friend, whom I had unexpectedly had to leave behind 4100km ago due to a missed flight, had gotten home to Chicago safely.

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chicago bastille day sunset

Alright listen.

It’s time to start posting some content here.

And since I am plugging this as mostly a Chicago blog
and I mean I live in Chicago
I should probably start with a Chicago picture
so there it is.

I’m not going to lie to you
this picture isn’t really good.
I took it through a window
then I HDRed it in Photomatix
and it came out noisy
so I Noise Ninjaed it
which is why it seems a bit like a watercolor
Even the title doesn’t make much sense.
Who cares if it’s Bastille Day?

So now you’re wondering why I even bothered posting it
and it’s pretty simple
nowhere to go from here but up

And for serious…I’ll post (my) crappy pics from time to time. How can you get better if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong? And I’ll get around to explaining Photomatix and Noise Ninja and all that.

Coming up shortly I’ll start posting some pics from my non-Chicago expeditions
so get pumped for that
there’ll be some Colombia
some Europe
maybe Pittsburgh! (sorry)
and a bunch strung along from Moscow to Shanghai.

I’ll be shuffling the topics
partly to keep you from getting bored
mostly to keep me from getting bored
I get a little ADD.




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what are we doing here?


I know all the cool kids have a tumblr nowadays, but this is my blog. The cool kids also have twitter, and I’ve actually got one of those. Follow it. And all the kids, and many of their parents, have Facebook, so you might as well like me there.

You are now “linked in” to me. I don’t have one of those.

Stay tuned.

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