72 Hours in Armenia

72 Hours in Armenia

Prior to doing the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, we went on a whirlwind three-day tour of Armenia. Like most people from this part of the world, I had very little, if any, preconceptions about Armenia, and what I found is a country with a deep, ancient history, fierce pride, and beautiful people. I hope to have captured some of that experience in the video above.

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

This is the sixth and final entry of a in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

Part 3: Irkutsk

Part 4: Lake Baikal

Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

PART 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

This is the fifth in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

Part 3: Irkutsk

Part 4: Lake Baikal

Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

PART 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 4: Lake Baikal

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 4: Lake Baikal

This is the fourth in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

Part 3: Irkutsk

Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

PART 4: Lake Baikal

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 3: Irkutsk

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 3: Irkutsk

This is the third in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

Part 4: Lake Baikal

Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

PART 3: Irkutsk

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

This is the second entry of a in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

Part 3: Irkutsk

Part 4: Lake Baikal

Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

PART 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

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The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

INTRODUCTION

THE GRAND TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS is the premium version* of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia**, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train.

I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines. The GTSE also generously upgraded us to their premium, $12,000++ Deluxe Gold Cabins. 

The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

This is the first in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

Part 3: Irkutsk

Part 4: Lake Baikal

Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

PART 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

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The Emirates Business Class Experience on the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A380!

Ever since I won 200,000 miles, I've had a burgeoning fascination with aviation and air travel, particularly premium travel, as the Platinum membership that came with my prize allows me lounge access in airports around the world. Even though I still always fly Economy, I now often get a taste of the perks of Business Class, and I am developing an unhealthy obsession with upgraded air travel experiences while I can have them.

So it was a dream come true when I recently had a chance to have one of the most famed premium travel experiences in the world: Flying Emirates Business Class long haul, first on their Boeing 777-300ER from Manila to Dubai, and then on their renowned Airbus A380 from Dubai to Amsterdam! And yes, it was absolutely worth all the hype, a flight experience with absolutely nothing to do with our everyday Economy class experience. Hanging out at a bar on the plane? Unbelievable and amazing --- and ridiculously, amusingly excessive. 

The upper deck inflight bar on the Emirates A380

The upper deck inflight bar on the Emirates A380

Hanging out with Anna from Moldova, the bartender on the Emirates A380 from DXB-AMS

Hanging out with Anna from Moldova, the bartender on the Emirates A380 from DXB-AMS

Starters for lunch on the Emirates A380 DXB-AMS

Starters for lunch on the Emirates A380 DXB-AMS

It was like starting a vacation from the minute you checked in at the airport instead of having to put up with the vagaries of long haul air travel, complete with complimentary chauffeur pickup in a luxury car from and back to the airport. My idea of what flying could be will never be the same.

The Dubai Terminal C Business Class Lounge

The Dubai Terminal C Business Class Lounge

Enjoying the *smaller* lounge at Dubai International Airport

Enjoying the *smaller* lounge at Dubai International Airport

Chauffeur pickup at Amsterdam going to The Hague in a Mercedes Benz

Chauffeur pickup at Amsterdam going to The Hague in a Mercedes Benz

Check out the videos in two parts above! I don't know if I'll ever be able to afford flying like this again, but to be honest, it's good to not get used to it, because it's ruined flying for me forever, knowing what a sheer pleasure flying can be compared to the now seemingly ridiculous, livestock-like experience flying coach. And another awesome sidelight: seeing the same first class seats made famous by Casey Neistat in his viral "$21,000 FIRST CLASS AIRPLANE SEAT" video, which you'll spot early in the A380 video (part 2).

This will be the first of what may now become a series of vlogs of unique and premium travel experiences that I've been having and just want to be able to share with everyone. Looking forward to sharing more soon!

Looking back at the Emirates A380 upon landing in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Looking back at the Emirates A380 upon landing in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Lovely souvenir from our Emirates A380 Flight

Lovely souvenir from our Emirates A380 Flight

All About Metal Prints! What, Why, and How to Prepare Your Images

Metal prints are one of my favorite ways to display my photos! While traditional paper prints will always be my go-to for maximum consistency and archival quality, metal prints provide me with a modern and striking way to display my work at large sizes. My best and largest metal prints are currently on exhibit at WeCube Inc. and I invite everyone to come check them out, and attend my artist night on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

In this video tutorial, I explain:

  • What metal prints are and how they are made
  • Reasons to consider printing on metal versus doing traditional framed paper prints
  • and how I prepare my images to get the best results for my metal prints.

My two newest 20x30 inch metal prints

For those who want to try metal prints but may be scared of the relatively higher cost, great news:  Photobook Worldwide has given me a discount code for 60% off on metal prints valid until March 31, 2017! Just create your metal prints at www.photobookworldwide.com, find your local website (I use www.photobookphilippines.com) and input AARONPALABYAB under voucher code.

And don't forget to share your metal prints with me via e-mail or one of my social media channels!