Yurt dwellers on the shores of a 3000m alpine lake August 8th 2010 The public minivan exploded with excited questions in broken Russian when they realised there was a foreigner onboard. "What's it like in England?" "How is life in England?" "Can people live normally there?" "Can you actually live there?" "Here you just can't live, there just isn't enough money..."
"Is that vodka?" asked the man next to me, pointing at my water bottle.
"Just wate ... read more
Asia » Kyrgyzstan » Song Kol A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1864; it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Nation-wide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the oust... ... read more
I run a small but successful company organising tours, film shoots and research trips to hard-to-reach parts of Siberia, the Arctic and the Russian Far East. In particular we specialise in trips to the nomadic Nenets reindeer herders of the Yamal Peninsula and to Yakutia , the coldest inhabited part of the world and a territory the size of India but with a population of only 900,000. I write whenever I get the chance, which is not so often any more. My writing on Siberia has been published in The Geograph... full info