Monday, 5 November 2018

Welcome to my blog!

Greetings to 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 from Novosibirsk, Western Siberia. I started tour guiding in 2007 to find out that my hometown and Siberia in general are not very popular travel destinations. There are many reasons to that, cold and long winters when travelers mostly stay indoors, long distance from Moscow and other well-visited places in Russia. And one more reason is scarce information about Siberia, especially in English.
Ich bin Freelancer, arbeite als Dolmetscherin, Übersetzerin und Reiseleiterin in Nowosibirsk, Sibirien, sowie begleite ich die Reisenden überall in Sibirien. Meine Stadt und Sibirien im Ganzen sind nicht sehr populär als Reiserziele. Das Wetter ist hier ziemlich kalt im Winter, es ist weit von der Landeshauptstadt Moskau und von den anderen bekannten Russischen Reiserzielen. Und noch dazu gibt es im Internet wenig Informationen über Sibirien, besonders in Fremdsprachen wie Englisch, und noch weniger in Deutsch und anderen.

Sunday, 4 November 2018


Kemerovo is an industrial city, famous for being the capital of one of the largest coal-mining regions in Russia called Kuzbass. Basically the city is purely industrial with no sights older than 100 years, but it can be of interest for those who like all around industry and mining.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


Tomsk is one of the oldest cities in the Western Siberia, located about 250 km to the north of Novosibirsk. Among western travelers Tomsk is very well known and often preferred to Novosibirsk. I read in many forums and discussion boards that Novosibirsk should be skipped in favor of Tomsk, and the only reason to come to Novosibirsk is to catch a bus/train to Tomsk. Though I don’t agree with this statement and definitely think there’s a lot to see in Novosibirsk, I can’t help loving Tomsk. As a Novosibirsk-based tour guide, I offer tours to Tomsk.

Monday, 2 April 2018


The only thing I knew about Blagoveschensk only a year ago was that it's somewhere in the Far East, meaning that it's FAR from me. I never thought about going there till October 2017, when I got a call from a customer there asking me to interpret at their event. I agreed without hesitation not only because the event seemed to be exciting, but I realized I would hardly have another chance to see this far-away city.