About Me

16.06.2017 прогулка по Академу_038

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 three 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 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. So www.mytravelog.blogspot.com was born, where I wrote about the region I live in and about my travels around Siberia and all over Russia.

The beginning of 2012 was very happy for me. My blog was discovered by my colleague from Yakutia Bolot Bochkarev, a tour guide, owner of www.VisitYakutia.com, and a great man, who asked if I wanted to write for www.AskNovosibirsk.com, and Iagreed right away.

In this blog I write about Novosibirsk and the region, what to see and visit here, where to eat and where to spend an evening; about all sorts of events and shows, about the social life and a lot more. Feel free to ask questions about Novosibirsk and the region; 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.

If you want to hire me as your English-speaking, German-speaking or Russian-speaking guide, do not hesitate to contact me!


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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