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Marcin Konkel

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Gruppirovka Leningrad

One of the great Polish historians, publicists, writer, journalist and diplomat, Władysław Bartoszewski, once said that:

"Certainly not all that is worthwhile pays-off but most surely (...) not all what pays-off is worthwhile"

I recently found this to be true in terms of travels. Few weeks ago I saw that one of my favourite bands "Leningrad" (ru. Ленинград), with it's charismatic frontman Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov, had a tour around Europe. This year they did not visit Poland (as in 2013 on Woodstock festival) and went to Hungary on Sziget Festival. The group is from Saint Petersburg in Russia (called Leningrad in the times of USSR). and gained considerable world-wide attention in the years 2003-2006 when they were banned from playing in Moscow and, some other cities followed, went to play gigs around the world. They're famous not only by the music they play (rock with vulgar lyrics) but also great video-clips and satire on Russia including Novyj Russkij (ru. новые русские) class. Their last stop on 2016 tour was Saint Petersburg in late November. This happenstance sprung a spontaneous idea in my head..

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The plan - Камчатка 2016

Planning is something needed at times especially if you want to know your budget that you'll need to have. Same goes for saving up some money in order to find the best price-quality ratio. It's quite easy to spend money to complete your dreams and desires. It's harder (or easier?) to make it as cheap as possible and still have a blast. The constraints have something fun in them because they urge you to think and be creative. That's why the more money you have doesn't necessarily mean that that you're gonna have more fun. When things come too easy to us we tend not to value them enough.

Volcano Koryaksky (Kamchatka) at Sunrise. Copyright (C) by kuhnmi (flickr.com/photos/31176607@N05/). Used under CC BY 2.0 licence.

Few of the above thoughts were accompanying us when designing the plan for our Kamchatka 2016 expedition. We have passed on going to Japan (flights too expensive) and pondered a bit on North Korea (still do) as an extension of our trip from Vladivostok. For the time being though we have what we need - an agreed plan and we're waiting for the promo's to come and to do our first bookings. Read more to find out what have we planned.

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