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30-Oct-2010 Submarine Comtourist is based in Amsterdam so we quickly got in our boat when we heard that somebody bought a Soviet Zulu class submarine and docked it in the Amsterdam harbour. The submarine has been stripped of its interior to serve as a party location but some of its original features are still in place. We were able to climb on the Zulu and enter the sail were the compass is still in place. The submarine turned out to be a bad party location and is now waiting to be sold as scrap metal. Comtourist find’s it a shame that the submarine cannot be saved, but we did shoot some nice pictures of this rare Soviet Cold War vessel. More: Zulu submarine Amsterdam

28-Oct-2010 Journey Belarus is often referred to as the last leftover of the former USSR. The country is ruled with iron fist by the Soviet style dictator Alexander Lukashenko. Fraud has been used to win elections, protest demonstrations are forbidden, opposition leaders are harassed and have even disappeared. Lukashenko like Vladimir Putin is a leader branded by his Soviet background. More: Belarus country profile

17-Oct-2010 Journey Taking the famous Trans Siberian Express trough Russia was our oldest wish, here at Comtourist. The mythical 9000 km train journey between Moscow and Vladivostok was something we just had to do, it would be our first great journey trough the former Soviet Union. In 2002 it was time to go and we started planning our journey. There are basically two options, the "real" Trans Siberia Express to Vladivostok and the Trans Mongolian route to Beijing via Mongolia. We decided to start in St. Petersburg, take the Trans Mongolian route and end the journey in Shanghai. We had three fantastic weeks in the train and some of the worlds most interesting cities. More: Trans Siberian Express 2002

13-Oct-2010 Museum Wings of liberation in Best is an interesting war museum in the South of the Netherlands. The museum exists of a private collection of war vehicles dedicated to the US airborne troops involved in the liberation of the Netherlands in Word War II. There are seven buildings with diorama’s on various theme’s like Operation Market Garden, American command post and the Scottish highland division. One building is dedicated to operation Barbarossa and GDR border guards, reason for Comtourist to pay a visit. More: Wings of liberation Best

11-Oct-2010 Travel North Korea is often revered to as the last Stalinist dictatorship and the most reclusive country in the world. The Kim dynasty rules the country with an iron fist and employs all the traditional Stalinist tools like cult of personality, over the top state propaganda, megalomaniac architecture and terror against civilians. Comtourist visited North Korea and will keep following developments on this website. More: North Korea country profile