A Brush With Russian

As you may know, I left Kyiv in 2010 and am now working in London – which, to my great sadness, makes travel impossible.

I have had to give up travel writing, but recently started a new blog, called A Brush With Russian, for my friends at the language agency Russian Linguistic Services. It will be all about Russian and other Eurasian languages and culture: you can subscribe to it to learn more about the countries of Eurasia, and share my cultural discoveries from all over the Former Soviet Union.

It would be lovely to hear what you think of A Brush With Russian, and your ideas about which countries and topics to write about. Keep in touch!

The Night Train

The new people, places and situations that we encounter during our lives shape our view of the world. In 2008, on an overnight train between Hungary and Ukraine during a vacation from my job in Kyiv, I experienced all three at the same time. The revelations of the journey home will stay with me for longer than memories of the holiday itself.

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