Photo set: Russia

Some of the photographs I took while studying in Russia in 2004/5, as part of my Russian degree. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge them. … More Photo set: Russia

Love and the Lavra

In March I moved to Kyiv’s Arsenal’na district, between Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and the right bank of the river Dnieper. It is one of the city’s most attractive areas, scattered with lush, sweet-smelling chestnut trees and punctuated by dozens of landmarks. … More Love and the Lavra

Winter in Ukraine

Over New Year I spent a week in Lviv, in the west of Ukraine near its border with Poland, and a week in Luhansk province, 1200 kilometres to the east, on the border with Russia. At both ends of the 26-hour train journey the snow on the ground was ankle-deep, sometimes falling in blizzards, and the temperature on some days was as low as minus 21 degrees celcius. … More Winter in Ukraine