Anything is possible in Russia.  Scott and Justin meet up with their friend Bogdan and visit the last man living in the radioactive zone in Chernobyl.  They visit St. Petersburg for some homemade vodka and to celebrate Bogdan’s birthday, before hopping on an overnight train to Moscow.  The adventures in Moscow are diverse:  An awkward visit to a Russian bath, a wild night out in an exhilarating dance club and a chance to drive a cold-war military tank.  Next, they fly to Siberia and meet a vodka-slamming shaman, who puts them all to shame on the dance floor.

The guys head northeast into Siberia to reach the coldest inhabited place on earth: the Pole of Cold.  Along the way, the word of Scott and Justin’s journey travels and they become local news celebrities.  They visit a permanent circus, take part in the Festival of Cold, answer questions at local press conferences and end up judging a quirky beauty contest in Yakutsk.  Riding reindeer for the rest of the trek, they camp in the snow before hitting the Pole of Cold.

Travelling to Sri Lanka at the tail end of the 25-year civil war, the guys expect to visit a war-torn country, yet discover a different land. From exploring the wonders of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin, to visiting Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants, the Veddas tribe, and joining the pilgrimage up Adam’s Peak, the guys experience a beautiful and culturally rich country.  They get to Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, just in time to see the Navam Perahera – a spectacular parade made up of thousands of dancers and acrobats, and over a hundred decorated elephants.

Scott and Justin catch up with their high school friend Fran, who is travelling to Vietnam to explore his motherland and family history for the first time.  They travel south to north, through the commotion of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River floating markets, and experiencing haunting remnants of the Vietnam war and visiting magical and mysterious temples and caves along the way.  Further north, surrounded by the beauty of Halong Bay, the guys realize that spending time with Fran’s family, and seeing the country through his eyes, has given them a fresh perspective on travel.

One of the most fascinating places on earth, and one of the most dangerous, Papua New Guinea is a rough and mostly unexplored country.  The guys meet up with their friend Nick on the island of East New Britain, where they visit the lava-buried city of Rabaul, and climb up, and into, an active volcano.  Next they explore the island and local dive sites for abandoned World War II relics.  Making their way through some thick jungle, they spend a night in a remote family village on their way to a spectacular fire-dancing tribe.

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