Monday, 9 November 2015

Welcome to my blog!

I would like to greet everyone who is reading my blog.
My name is Olga Tkachenko, I was born and have always lived in Novosibirsk. It is the very center of Russia and the capital of Siberia.
Guten Tag!
Ich begrüsse alle meine Leser!
Ich heisse Olga Tkachenko. Ich bin in Nowosibirsk geboren und gewachsen Nowosibirsk liegt in der Mitte Russlands und das ist die drittgrösste Stadt des Landes.

I am a freelance translator, interpreter and tour guide in Novosibirsk, Siberia and the Altai mountains.
Traditionally my hometown and Siberia in general are not very popular travel destinations due to several reasons, like cold and long winters, long distance from our capital and other well-visited places in Russia and supposed lack of intresting sights. And one more reason is scarce information about Siberia, especially in English.
Ich bin Freelancer, arbeite als Dolmetscherin, Übersetzerin und Reiseleiterin in Nowosibirsk, Sibirien und kann meine Touristen auch in Altai Gebirge begleiten. Meine Stadt und Sibirien im Ganzen sind nicht sehr beliebt als Reiserziele. Das Wetter ist hier ziemlich kalt im Winter, es ist weit von der Landeshauptstadt und anderen bekannten Reiserzielen, und es gibt (mindestens so glauben viele Reisende) nicht sehr viele historische Sehenswürdigkeiten. Und noch dazu gibt es im Internet wenig Informationen über Sibirien.

But I'm trying to do my best to change it, as I'm convinced that Siberia has a lot to offer and my city is attractive for foreign and Russian visitors with all its theatres, museums, the Zoo, and the nature around it.
Aber ich werde versuchen, alles Mögliche zu tun, um dies zu ändern, weil ich der Überzeugung bin, dass es in Sibirien viel zu sehen gibt, und dass meine Stadt für russische und ausländische Besucher interessant ist. Hier befinden sich viele Theater, Museen, das Zoo, und die Natur der Nowosibirsker Region ist schön und vielfältig.

In this blog I write about Siberia. About the tours I made on my own, together with my family, and the tours I guided. I also write about my translation and interpreting job, because my job is one of my greatest passions.
Mein Blog ist über Sibirien, und über die Führungen, welche ich anzubieten habe. Das ist auch über meine Arbeit als Dolmetschern und Übersetzerin.

I'm a passionate traveler myself, so I write about my travels to other destinations as well.
Ich verreise sehr gerne, und hier können Sie auch über meine eigenen Reisen lesen.

I welcome all of you to Novosibirsk, my hometown, to Altai Mountains and to other Siberian cities, towns and locations. I'd be pleased to be your guide and interpreter!
Seien Sie bitte in Nowosibirsk, Altai Gebirgen und anderen Städten Sibiriens wilkommen! Ich werde Sie gerne begleiten!

Maslyanino District, Recreation Camp Strelinka

Late autumn is not a reason to stay at home, however gray and gloomy the weather can be. We decided to spend the weekend at a recreation camp called Strelinka off the pond with the same name.

Monday, 5 October 2015


late in August my family and I visited the town of Leninsk-Kuznetsky in the coal mining region called Kuzbass, which is the largest one in Russia. It has been supplying coal all across Russia for about a century now. As to the historical and architectural sights, the town and the region in general are not rich in them. In fact, all attractions are related to coal mining. Most of towns and cities in Kuzbass were founded in the Soviet era, which explains their typical architecture and urban planning.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Barnaul is a capital city of Altai Kray, 200 km to the south of Novosibirsk.
It was granted the city status in 1771. Located off the river Ob, it is currently home to 635 530 people, which makes it the 21st biggest in Russia.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lake Chany, Novosibirsk Region

Lake Chany is a closed salted lake in Russia located in the Baraba lowland, Novosibirsk Region; it is the largest lake in the Western Siberia.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Gastronomic tour to Siberia. What traditional dishes to try.

When a traveler comes to an unknown destination, he or she is usually eager to know as much as possible about it, including local food and drinks. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

What travelers say about Novosibirsk and what of it is true in a local’s view

The travel season 2015 approaching, I have been considering and reconsidering my activities as a tour guide. I thought it might be useful to know what travelers think and say about Novosibirsk, especially those who visited it on their own, without a guide’s assistance. I studied several reviews and here’s what I found out.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The 15th Festival of Snow Sculptures

This year our city welcomes the festival of snow sculptures for the 15th time. It is always great fun for citizens and guests of the city.

Monday, 12 January 2015

New Year Travel through Novosibirsk

New Year holidays are over today, work begins again, but the time of fun in Russia is not completely over yet. On January 13 a lot of Russians traditionally celebrate Old New Year.
Only after that people normally start putting away Christmas and New Year decorations, dismantling New Year Trees and turning off festive lights.
We have one more day to look at Novosibirsk in its best decorations.
Enjoy watching and come visit the Siberian capital in winter!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

To Novosibirsk in winter. Why not?

Novosibirsk and Siberia in general is considered to be a cold destination, so most tourists who dare and come here prefer doing so in summer. But it is winter and snow, which make Siberia Siberia, and recently I'm having more and more tourists who understand it and who come here during the coldest season. Remarkably, they are mostly people from the countries where snow never happens or is an extremely rare occasion.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Seversk. Life in the Enclosure.

Seversk is a town lying several km to the north of Tomsk. Its population now comprises about 110 thousand people. Despite the town is not a very small one and has well-developed infrastructure, it is pretty unknown in Siberia, let alone in the rest of the country. In fact, only a few people even in Novosibirsk have heard of it, though it is situated approximately 270 km to the north of it. The explanation is somewhat mysterious – the town is a ‘secret’ one.

Monday, 21 April 2014

A Travel through Novosibirk Region. Kargat, Kuybyshev, Barabinsk

Nearly a year ago, early in May 2013, we (my husband, my kids and me) decided to go West, so we got in the car and drove in the western direction along the federal highway M51 to look at the town called Kuybyshev, which once was a big and prosperous trading center and still has some nice specimen of pre-revolution stone architecture.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Horse Yard (Konny Dvor) near Belokurikha


During our stay in Belokurikha we went on one guided tour only. We visited the Horse Yard (Konny Dvor). It was very expensive, but my boys and I enjoyed it very much. I thought it would be interesting for the kids because the description of the tour said that one can see horses, birds, Siberian stags and much more. I was right, the boys loved it! Though we paid 40 euros for a 3hours tour for the three of us, we were not disappointed. But to those wishing to visit the place I recommend not to join an organized tour, but to go by yourself. Even if you go by taxi, it can be much cheaper.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Belokurikha, a Balneotherapeutic Health Resort in Altai

In the end of March my older son had a short vacation at school and I thought it was a good idea not to spend this time in the dirty city, but to go somewhere where there’s fresh air, beautiful nature and lots of opportunities to spend time outside. I was thinking of Altai mountains, Chemal District, but my mom offered another idea, which sounded even better, besides, I’ve never been in that place before. So we went to Belokurikha, a famous balneotherapeutic health resort. Actually it is in Altai mountains as well, at the beginning of Cherginsky Range.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The snow-rich winter 2012-2013

This winter is, or I’d better say was, pretty hard for us here in Siberia. I know that my readers from Europe, the USA and other places with warmer climate can say that winter is always hard in Siberia, and they are absolutely right, but still this winter was special. The matter is that it was the snow-richest one within the last 100 years! At least the meteorologists say so. The previous winter was special, too, as it was the snow-poorest within about the same period, so this winter was partially a kind of compensation, but currently the amount of snow is so impressive that people are seriously scared. There are several sound reasons for that.