We also bought a universal computer modem and a mobile phone SIM card, with which we hope to have universal (if slow) internet connection. So I will keep this short and sweet. We are alive, doing well, having an excellent time, and loving Russia. We will take the next 10 days to explore the Arctic circle, before flying down to the Caucaus Mountains. The rest of our time will be split between treks there, in the Altai Mountain Range, and around Lake Baikal before we exit the country in Mongolia in October.
I will try to catch up with blogging, uploading photos, and emails when I get a chance.