Welcome to Novosibirsk!

16.06.2017 прогулка по Академу_048

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 and German-Russian interpreter, translator and tour guide, and all three occupations are more than my work, they are my life.

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 and do not find my home city to be an exciting travel destination. I felt a push to do something about it, to tell people how interesting life here is. This is how it all started.

In the «About Me» page you can read what has become of it.

And ask your questions about Novosibirsk.

11 Responses to Welcome to Novosibirsk!

  1. Olja:

    Olle, thanks and welcome to the blog!

  2. Frans Woons:

    Hello Olga! Do you have for me a photo of the windmill (for example as a jpg file) of the windmill in the ‘Historical and architectural open-air museum’ near Academgorodok? I am a former Dutchman and live now in Canada and I am very interested in windmills! Thanks, Frans Woons, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada.

    • Olja:

      Hello, Frans, Sorry for the late reply. I was unable to work with the blog for some time. At the moment I have no photo of the mill and I am not even sure there is a mill there. Anyway, the museum is closed now, because it is winter, but I promise to do what I can as soon as it gets warmer.
      Olga Tkachenko

      • Frans Woons:

        Hello Olga! Thanks for your reply! I’ve seen pictures of the open-air museum. I saw wooden buildings (including two churches, it seems) and rocks. But no windmill… At the moment my son Marc and his wife Anastasia are in Akademgorodok (near Novosibirsk). She is from there. I’ve asked them to visit the museum and they also told me that it is closed for the winter. Maybe they (or relatives) will visit it in the summer to photograph the windmill for me IF it is there… Greetings, Frans Woons, Williams Lake, BC, Canada.

  3. A great idea, and a great site. It’s well-written, the information is up-to-date and relevant and the pictures are great. I will definitely recommend it to my foreign relatives, friends and clients. Thanks!

  4. Hello, I’m thinking of travelling to Novosibirsk during the end of September 2015. Do you think a week is enough? Where is the best area to stay?


  5. GIRAL:

    Hello Olga, we will be in Novosibirsk next Sunday and I will also have Monday until 3.30 pm. Can you organise some visiting for us?
    Many thanks!
    Marie (from France, living in Moscow)

  6. Hello Olga,

    I’m from Malaysia and planning on our trip to Russia in March this year. Depending on our flight schedule, there’s a 12 hour stop in Novosibirsk on our way to St. Pete from Irkutsk on Saturday 1/4/2017. Would appreciate if you could suggest places to visit during that time. We would like to taste the Siberian experience, if possible.

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