I can't believe it's not Russia! July 7th 2011 Actually I can, but I've wanted to use that title for a long time. This blog deserves the diametrically opposite title, "I can believe it's not Russia", but I thought that would be too obscure and not instantly recognisable as a reference to a certain brand of margarine. Anyway, the diametric opposition of this blog to its title at least links the two in some way.
I found myself in Lviv ... read more
Europe » Ukraine » Lviv Ukraine was the center of the first Slavic state, Kievan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kievan Rus was incorporated into the Gran... ... 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