Tallinn | Saint Petersburg | Moscow | Kiev

In early 2016, I spent a couple of weeks travelling by train from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to Saint Petersburg and Moscow in Russia, before heading south west to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. 

The average temperature was -10?C, and snow and ice covered everything. There were a lot of winter furs being worn, numerous layers and thick snow-boots. I explored abandoned Soviet nuclear bunkers, climbed medieval castle towers, explored Moscow's Stalinist Metro system, and drank vodka with Ukrainian merchants.

In the context of increasing diplomatic tensions between the West and Russia, with Ukraine and the Baltic states being the front line between these two spheres of influence, I was interested to see how daily life played out beneath the political posturing of their leaders.

View an extended gallery, and read a short blog about the trip, here.