It’s funny how these posts find their own logical order. Last week’s story on meditation must have gotten my mind thinking of Buddhism, and Buddhism led me naturally to Kalmykia. But this week's story has less 'om' and more 'umm?' Kalmykia -- you might be asking -- what's that? That was my reaction, too, a year ago when Lonely Planet asked me to help update their destination content on Russia. I soon learned that Kalmykia is a Buddhist republic within Russia, and the only region in Europe where Buddhism is actually the dominant religion (true fact). The place turned out to be as strange and fascinating as it sounds.