Friday, 14 October 2011

Shinok Waterfalls

I was thinking about visiting Shinok waterfalls for a long time, but I read that it is not so easy to reach the waterfalls, as the path was not a simple one and it could be difficult with kids. Many stories about a hike there were written by travelers with kids and I thought it would be reasonable to wait a little for my sons to be older. But this summer  I thought we could at least try to do it, and after a hike to Multa lakes I got rid of my fears, so we did it!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Versatile Blogger award

Today's morning was a great one, as I've learned that I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. This award is given from bloggers to... bloggers. The nominees have to be recently discovered or new bloggers.  I was nominated by an experienced professional, my colleague (translator and interpreter) and a charming lady Olga Arakelyan from Voronezh, who has been my online acquaintance for several years now, but I hope that one day we can make a personal acquaintance.
I've been reading Olga's blog for several months only, and I greatly regret it, as she started it long ago and she writes about a lot of things useful for each translator, interpreter and everyone interested in languages.
You may find her blog here:
Thank you, Olga, and I wish you the best luck!

The rules of the award are:
1) Thank the award-giver and link back to their blog.
2) Share 7 things about yourself
3) Give the award to up to 15 recently discovered or new blogs
4) Contact the nominees and tell them the news :)

So 7 facts about me:
1. It was my father who made me a passionate traveler and a mountain lover, though he himself is not of the kind. I was 9 when he took me to Gornaya Shoriya, the low-mountain region in the south of Kemerovo Region, famous for its ski resorts. We went there by train for the weekend several times and I fell in love with mountains. But I never learned to do downhill skiing. :)
2. I have been in Altai Mountains 11 times, and I hope I'll go there at least as many times as that. The region seems endless.
 3. After I graduated from Novosibirsk State Teachers' University I went to Germany as an au-pair (nanny), and I stayed there 1 year. I changed the families 3 times, and the one where I finally stayed had 6 sons. After a year in that family I had no fear having my own children. My fist son was born when I was 27, now I have 2 and I hope I'll have at least one more child.
4. I know English and German. I speak German very well, but I have difficulties writing. As to the English language, I was told I speak and write it quite well.
5. My dream is to travel the world. I perfectly understand that it is hardly possible to visit all the Globe, still I hope to visit as many places as I can.
6. I got married because my husband was a funny and easy-going guy. I cannot tell I felt deep love for him. I just thought we are a good match. Only recently I've realized that he was the one I needed. Our views of travels, ecology, upbringing, diet and other aspects of life are identical.
7. I am a Harry Potter fan! I love the films as much as I love the books, I like the cast and I've listened to virtually all interviews with the cast on I think this is not just a book about magic, his is a book about life. Friendship, love, good and evil, and a lot more - that is what the book is about.

Now I'm supposed to give the award to other bloggers. Unfortunately I don't read a lot of blogs, but there are some I really like. They belong to my colleagues.
1. Tatiana Yraroshenko's blog It is in Russian.
2. Sergey Rybkin's blog It is in Russian.

I hope you'll like it. Congratulations,. colleagues!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Some views of Novosibirsk (and something about them). City center

The tourist season in Novosibirsk and, presumably, in the whole Siberia, is almost over. No wonder, the weather in October-November is the gloomiest here, rainy and cloudy. And winters are just cold, so not especially interesting for most tourists as well, except for those who love adventure traveling.
But autumn and winter give me a lot of time and opportunities for writing, and as I'm trying to turn it into a part of my job (though I understand that there are loads of ambitious but unskilled travel writers these days), I'll definitely write more during the coming months. And I'm starting with a short description of some parts of my home city, which was and still is a goal of this blog.