Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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!

Do you find this resource useful and informative? Help me make it better by posting the link to it at Facebook, Twitter or other social media or by sharing it with your friends. Thank you!

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Museum of Slavic Mythos, Tomsk

I've been to Tomsk at least 7 times, but every time I come I realize there's still a lot to see there. Tomsk is more than 400 years old; the locals are aware that the city is attractive for visitors and they are doing their best to make it more appealing. I must admit that Novosibirsk, the city I'm based in, is just a transfer point on the way to Tomsk for many foreign guests. But I don't complain. I love Tomsk and I'm happy to be there, to discover it again and again.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ruyan City

If you try to look for Ruyan City on the map, whether paper or digital, you will fail or you can find one Ruyan, but not the one this post is about.
For Ruyan is not a real city, or rather it is a city existing as an idea, in one guy's imagination. It is not a hotel, not a summer camp, not even an eco-settlement.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Omsk – don’t skip!

Omsk is a city in the Western Siberia with the population of over a million people. It is a city on the Transsiberian; it is celebrating 300 years anniversary in summer 2016. There are numerous buildings dating back to the 19th and even the 18th century making it similar to Kazan, St.Petersburg and even Moscow. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Museum of Mining 'Red Hill', Kemerovo

Kemerovo is an industrial city, famous for being the capital of one of the largest coal-mining regions in Russia called Kuzbass. I have already written a post about our travel there in winter 2012, but I like Kemerovo so much that I am always happy to come again, though the common opinion of the city is that of a purely industrial center with no worthy sights.

Friday, 29 January 2016


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, 10 December 2015

Altai Mountains, Chemal District

Chemal District is central in Altai Republic. It is spread over the Lower Katun valley and a bunch of smaller rivers flowing into it. The district starts in Ust-Sema village. A drive along the Chemal Tract brings you to Chemal, the administrative center. 

Monday, 9 November 2015

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.

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.