About Me


Dear visitor from whatever corner of the world!

I am happy to welcome you in this blog!

My name is Olga Tkachenko, I work and live in Novosibirsk, Western Siberia, Russia, together with my  husband and two sons. I am a freelance English-Russian, German-Russian interpreter, translator and tour guide, and all three occupations are more than may work, they are my hobby and my lifestyle.

My translation and interpreting career started in 2000, and for several years I was an in-house translator at several different companies. In 2004 my first son was born, and I switched over to freelancing. In 2006 I started tour guiding in Novosibirsk, and since then it has been my greatest pleasure.

The idea of blogging came to me when in Autumn 2010 I realized that people do not know much about Novosibirsk and Western Siberia in general, and do not find my home city to be an exciting travel destination. So www.mytravelog.blogspot.com was born, where I write about the region I live and about travels around Siberia we undertake with my family.

The beginning of 2012 was very happy for me, because my blog was found by my colleague from Yakutia Bolot Bochkarev, author of www.AskYakutia.com, who offered me to write for www.AskNovosibirsk.com, and I did not hesitate to agree.

Unlike my personal blog, where I write about my travels to different destinations, my job, and many other things, this one is devoted to Novosibirsk and Novosibirsk Region only.  You are welcome to both blogs, of course, and all your questions about a travel to Novosibirsk and around it, comments and ideas are highly appreciated!

If you find this blog useful, please help me make it better by sharing it with your friends in social media.

Ask your questions, if you need more information on the region, plan or are thinking about a visit here or if you need my services.

Happy reading!


Olga Tkachenko

3 Responses to About Me

  1. Carey:


    I am travelling to Novosibirsk July 20th and would like a local guide to show me the city and tell more about living there.
    I am travelling alone and would appreciate if you could contact me about the tours and price

    Thank you

  2. Hello Olga,
    I forwarded you an email at your personal email id regarding some tours/activities that I might arrange with a local guide in western Siberia. I plan to do my trip in 2015 — 2016; so please feel free to take your time and get back to me with some details. Also, just FYI, traveling during winter is fine with me (maybe even more preferable) and you can have some inputs for winter as well.

    Thanks very much!

    Best wishes,


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