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The Last Great Kyzylian Adventure

The Last Great Kyzylian Adventure

This is the third installment in the Great Siberian Adventure series. A co-Fulbrighter and I spent two weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English at a kids’ camp in Kyzyl, Tuva. The last great Kyzylian adventure was leaving. It was our last night in Kyzyl. Elena had arranged for A. and me to be collected at […]

Returns

Returns

A year ago today, on my twenty-third birthday, I was sitting in the simmering heat outside the office of Kenin-Lopsan Mongush Borahovich, the famous shaman of Kyzyl. Beside me were my colleague Anita, and Ayanmaa, one of the summer camp student teachers. Two other Tuvan women dozed in the sun beside us on a narrow wooden […]

Elena Baikalova

Elena Baikalova

This is the third installment in the Great Siberian Adventure series. A co-Fulbrighter and I spent two weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English at a kids’ camp in Kyzyl, Tuva. Our host and sponsor while we were in Kyzyl was Elena Dmitrievna Baikalova. Baikalova means “of Baikal” as in Lake Baikal, which is just the first […]

The Last Leg: Abakan to Kyzyl

The Last Leg: Abakan to Kyzyl

This is the second installment in my riveting Great Siberian Adventure. In this episode, my colleague A. and I make it from the train station in Abakan to our final destination in downtown Kyzyl. When we got off the train at the crack of dawn the next morning, Andrei the lawyer helped get us into a marshrutka […]