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Olga Olga | 13:09 UK time, Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Hello everybody! I am so glad to say hello to you all!!

I am Olga from Russia. And I am here to share my knowledge and thoughts with you, dear readers, about Russia, and my home town Novosibirsk, which is a capital of Siberia. I will try to dispel some myths and perhaps even spark some an interest to travel and see for yourself.

So let's start!
Tell me what is your first image when you think about a Russian person or Russia itself? Bears, coldness, no greenery, gloomy faces, vodka...no doubt, what else? What question will come up first in your head about Siberia? Where is that...hmm..? Do people live there? I am joking about the latter of course:) So we will see what you will say in the end of February:)...


  • Comment number 1.

    Hi,Olga ,good to meet you,I live in the nearby country ,I have seen some documentary of Siberia before and I have to say, It is a fascinating part on earth!Look forward to know more about your country.see you later.

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Olga,

    Nice to meet you and welcome to this wonderful blogland.

    Well, the first thing that comes into my mind about Siberia is the Trans-Siberian Railway. As I love going on long journeys I would like to have first-hand experience on travelling by this train.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care,
    Anita from Slovakia

  • Comment number 3.

    Great to read your first blog Olga. I'm looking forward to hearing all about the real Siberia (not just the bears and vodka ;-))


  • Comment number 4.

    HI Olga

    Nice to meet you! My name is Morris, come from Hong Kong. I thought Siberia is a great place even though i have not been there before. Could you share a bit more with us? I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.


  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Olga,
    It's a my pleasure to be your friend.
    Well i heard and read many things about Russia,lets be far away from the political,i know its the most cold place after the North and south pole,Russian men have tough traditions and cultures and the beautiful tiger lives only in Siberia. im looking to hear more from you.
    best wishes from kuwait ;)

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Olga
    I was looking forward to meet you.
    You won't believe me but I love your name. It comes from my childhood.
    I used to visit my grandmother in the countryside many years ago when I was a child. Her house was, actually it's still there, right on front of a farm animals. The owner's daughter, Olga, was a friend of my grandmother and when we met each other we got on very well. She was nearly 16 years-old whereas I was only a little boy. She used to take me in the farm, between the animals, such as cows, horses and chickens... telling me about their behaviour and diet. I remember enjoing the time in the countryside with all those animals as I lived in a town. Then, we grow up and I didn't get in touch with her. The IT wasn't so developed .. So the name Olga is still in my mind and I'm a fan of it.
    If I had a baby, I would give her the name Olga!
    Anyway, Russia...
    To me Russia is definitely the white of the snow and the blue of the color's eyes of its pepole.. Bye the way, I've just come back from a snow day trip. I hadn't gone skiing for ages ! It was really fun.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Olga,
    I'll be so glad to read about You and Your country, so far from my home and so unknown in my country. Very nice the photo.

    I'm looking forward to read about Your next posts.

    Marco, Italy

  • Comment number 8.

    Dear Olga, How are you? I really have a good impression about Russian people. I think Siberia is a cold place and with a lot of potatoes:)We think about beatifull people. Our brazillian people dream to know the snow, because is so hot here. I remember a husky - a kind of dog - syberian husky.
    I think that Russian people are so friendly. Aren't they???

    A big hug to you


  • Comment number 9.

    Hi dear Olga ! How great to see you as a student Bloger this month . Hope to have fruitful motnh here in BBC BLog and I 'm some how sure for it . You will have to clean up some stereotypes about Siberia Good Job : ) and To tell the truth I mostly have heard about your mother land in the movies which was about exiling people to there and it's salt min If I havn't made any mistake . I 'm so looking forward reading your stories about your mother land . By the way you are lucky to have Catherine as teacher and She has had a good start : )
    Enjoy your Blogging month
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 10.


    I come from Poland therefore when we hear the word Siberia first of all we think about labour camps, about the transportation of our countrymen on the exile. Moreover for us it is such exotic things, generally speaking we know not too much about this region, I hope that will change after the this month.


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Olga,

    I am Krzysztof from Poland and nice to meet you :D well, when I think Siberia I think forests, polar bears and very extremely temperatures. On the other hand I've some friends from Russia in another communty and they told me that last summer was very hot and avarage temperature was batween +30°C and +40°C so my first question to you sounds: What are the temperatures there?

    thanks for the answer in adv. :D

    take care!
    see you next time :D

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Olga,
    I from Colombia. When I think about Russia I feel very cold. I image beatiful landscape full snow. I think that Russia should be a magic country with many exotic places. In my country always sunny and it never snows. Bye

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Olga,
    I from Colombia. When I think about Siberia I feel very cold. I think that Siberia should be a amazing place with beautiful landscape it full snow. In my country always sunny and its never snows so I think that will dificult live there. Bye.

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi namesake :-)

    nice to meet You here in the BBC LE
    I'm ukrainian, so we are all Slavs, speak the same language, almost one culture, so I don't think that russian people are in something different from me in general.
    What about Russia.... for me it's sooooooo big country with so old culture. Siberia - beautiful wild landscapes, uninhabited territories, many different indigenous people (nations), rich mineral resources(oil!!!), lake Baikal.
    Also for me Siberia is associated with warm fur clothes(fur coats :-))

    Here in Prague quite often Czechs don't like russian speaking people because of:

    1) history - occupation in 1968
    2) mass emigration of russian speaking people(from Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia)
    3) behavoir of russian people here, specially youth(sometimes I'm agree with czechs in this question)

    I'm looking foward to your next post here.


  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Olga,
    I don't know a lot about siberia.
    That is why will be a pleasure for me following your posts during this month.
    I'm asking what do people do with so few hours of light in winter. I think it's very hard if you didn't grow up there. What is the temperature now?
    Anyway, I'd like to have an holiday in your country in the next years.
    What do you think it might be the best period of the year to visit siberia? Suggest us some nice cities or villages, except Novosibirsk of course.


    Luca from Italy

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi, My name is Mesut To be honest when I think Russia and the Russian The first thing that come to my mind is that they have the most glamorous girls who the Turkish has run out all the world (it's only my own idea ) after that Russia is big country it must be joyful to travel there ,especially I aspire to see Red Square i wonder the history of Russia so it may be good to see museums and other historical places.


  • Comment number 17.

    Hello Olga!Nice to meet you here!
    I'm Haozheng and i'm from the north-eastern part of China,Changchun city,Jilin province.It's a cold place(of course not as cold as your home)and have distinctive four seasons.
    The very first thing came into my mind when talking about Russia is that the vast amount of land,the food you eat which like beef and potatoes,men as strong as bear,and very good looking young men and women,and of course,you are among one of them:)
    So,hope to know more about your country and of course ,i can introduce my motherland to you too:)
    See you soon!Byebye!

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi olga ,idont know o lot for siberia ;but ithink its a coldest area in world ;so iam looking forward to read your blog ;i live in south algerai where the whether is too hot especaily in summer and i never see snow. hind from algerai

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello, Olga!
    No doubts about bears and vodka:)))
    but as to Siberia -- also coooooldness) and a shampoo name too:)
    Greetings from Belarus!
    I'm looking forward to your next post,

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Olga,
    I must agree with Olga_K that Russia and Siberia have negative meaning for a lot of Czechs. Now about me, well... I imagine a flat cold landscape, a lot of space, small villages... Am I right?
    Have a nice day,
    Tereza (Czech republic)

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi, welcome Olga: Ï´m very interested in learning about Siberia and your home-town. We here in Argentina are respectful with your history and culture and feel close to the inhabitants, although we are very far from there. The best for you and I´m looking forward to your next post.Beatriz, from Buenos Aires- Argentina.

  • Comment number 22.

    It's wonderful for me to know about Russia and Siberia. When I was young I read Dostoievsky's books. And I got the impression that Siberia is a cold and uninhabited country. I imagine cold temperatures, very much snow, people wearing thick coats and drinking much vodka.... I'm from Brazil and here now the temperature is around 32ºC in my city in the midle of Brazil. I'm waiting to the next post, anxiously.

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello Olga,
    I come from china. the weather of our country is alway influenced by the air currents come frome Siberia. Especially in winter, it usually bring some cold air and drop the temperature. so, I am very interested in the climate of your home. Is there very cold? what is the temperature in the coldest day?
    I am looking forward to your reply.
    best wishes for you!

  • Comment number 24.

    Hello, Olga!

    Writing you from another side of Russia, hope you do well so far in Novosibirsk :) I've been working for a long time with your region but never been to Siberia. Today in Moscow it's rather cold too, but it'll be more interesting to know how you all are doing there!

    Have a good start in blogging,

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Olga
    You have got a lot of comments and sights forward to Siberia and Russia. I can agree nearly all of them and I hope you can enlight the presented issues.

    For me Siberia is
    1) a part of Barents Region. That is very important thing considering the economy, social development and as an industrial recourse storage to this area and more over to the whole world's energy and raw material producing. Yes, as a part of Barents has a very important position.

    2) considering the global warming and it's effects to nature and environment, the Siberia will be one of the most important areas where the a) influences are and will be seen b) needs quick desicions making to protect damaging and c) will need a lot of support to after changed climate conditions effects.

    3) Considering people: Siberia is a place for many indigenous people. I know the indigenous people aren't in a high value in Russian cos of the Moscow and its inner govermental colonialism policy. We who lives outside are able to see how the position of the indigenous people would be better and more useful to your country, but maybe you are willing to clarify it by your ownself.

    4) My misery dream is to travel Arkhangelsk since 1982. It is not Siberia, but close to. I think I will do it one day. :-))

    Best regards to you Olga

    Taru, Finland

  • Comment number 26.

    hi there, olga!
    nice to meet you on bcc learning english blogs) great photo) is it a view from your window?)
    well... as for syberia=) cold in winter, hot in summer) spectacular, but not very friendly nature) gas, oil) and yep, fur coats, "shuba" and of course those tasty and so undietic "pelmeni"))
    looking forward for your posts :)

  • Comment number 27.

    It's really good start. I see you are a fantastic writer. Your blog gives us an opportunity to know a lot of Syberia. I'm glad to meet you.
    See you:)

  • Comment number 28.

    Hello Olga,
    nice to see you here, welcome !!!
    Since a friend of my show me the pictures from her journay to Petersburg, the first thing when I think about Russia is just Санкт-Петербург.

    Looking forward to hear about Siberia


  • Comment number 29.

    I'm EMRE from turkey.It is the first time,I have written this wall.I've just registered this site.If you want to share something about your school,your life,and etc. what do you want,I can listen you so I can get better my english than before.That's all.thank you from now.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi! OLGA
    I'm EMRE from TURKEY.I've studied at MARMARA UNIVERSİTY İN BİOLOGY DEPARTMANT İN İSTANBUL.For the first time I wanna say to you;I love Russian paople and of course vodka.Some my friends went to MOSKOW.They said yo me:Russia is very nice country nontheless the weather is very cold.Your country which is very cold and unbelievable place,you has been living there.This is the first time,I've written this wall.Nice to meet you.I hope so This chingwag continue living between us.Thank you for all.

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Olga! A pleasure to say hello to you!
    Olga, when I think of Siberia the first image that comes to my mind is "the Siberian Tigers", yes...Many years ago I went to a Russian circus in my country - in latin america, but I'm sure there are many interesting things to discover in Siberia.
    I wish you good luck,
    See you:))

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi there!

    I am so glad that finally February BBC Student Blogger has began posting messages.
    When I think about Russia the first word coming to my mind is home. Russia is place where I come from; my motherland. Even though I was born in Russia I've never been in Siberia. Therefore, I am exited to know what it is like to live in Siberia. Moreover, it would be nice if you could upload some pictures of Siberian Landscape and Novosibirsk.
    Tell us how cool the Russian people are and that we have a lot of stuff to be proud of. :-)

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Olga

    Nice to read your blog about your nation and very welcome to you for offering us to comment on that.I am Prakash Adhikari from a mountainous country, Nepal.

    Whenever I think about Russian people, first of all, what automatically comes in my mind is that the tall people of white complexion face, wearing cap, muffler, scarf,overcoat and longboots due to freezing cold temperature could be seen them walking on the ice filled ground everywhere.Secondly your country Russia is situated on northern teritory with vast amount of land, rich in natural resources and labourious people.Thirdly your hometown Siberia, I used to think before,it is the place like north and south pole of earth where only ice might be.There is no possibility of having human beings but I could know that you are from the same place and it is very glad to see you through this blog.

    Finally I would like to share with you is that some birds from your native town come to fly here in Nepal for temporarily. They usally come here in winter season and get flying for 2/3 months here in warm places then they return to their nest,Siberia.

    Before to conclude my comments I would like to offer a glimpse of my country briefly. Nepal is landlocked country of Asia with very rich in natural beauties like world's highest peaks Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Amadablom etc, national parks and reserves,natural flora and fauna, the birth place of Lord Buddha as well. Once is not enough for visiting Nepal.

    Looking forward to hear your comments soon.

    Prakash Adhikari
    Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi Olga,I come from mainland China. The photo you posted here is beautiful! I think Siberia must be a country full of romantics. I hope you can share more about your country with us.:)

  • Comment number 35.


    I have never been to Russia let alone Siberia, however the first thought about people living there that comes to my mind is that they could be tough and very warm and welcome at the same time :)

    Have a nice day!

    Michal (Poland)

  • Comment number 36.

    Hello Olga,

    I am really exited to read your next post about Siberia. For me it will be an opportuniy to discover this town. I do not know too much about it and it's true that the first thing that i link to Russia or Siberia is Vodka and coldness.

    Looking forward to hear about Siberia.


  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Olga,

    It is nice to meet on BBC forum.

    Well the first thing that comes into my mind when I hear about Russia is coldness. Here in my country, I have never experienced snow. I wish we could have it for one day at least.

    Since I am a fun of soccer, I like Serbian players such as Stankovic and Mihajlovic. Mihajlovic is retired now. He was considered as one of the best players who can score from a free kick.

    I look forward to hearing more about your country.

    Hopefully we will visit it one day.

    Thank you.


  • Comment number 38.

    Hello Olga,

    Pleased to meet you . My name is Margarita Lucia , Iam from Barranquilla , Colombia. I read your blog and I liked to know some of your culture and I seem It fantastic!. As well Siberia although I know It for T.V.

    I Hope to read more stories about your country, talk to you soon


    Margarita Lucia

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Olga,
    I like meet you, my name is Cesar, Im from Blumenau Brazil,
    Cesar !!!

  • Comment number 40.

    Hello Olga,

    My name is Abihmael,

    Siberia seem a very interesting place. It's beautiful. Perhaps because there is snow, that is stranger to us from Brazil. I think that it's a place where the people life slowly.

    thank you


  • Comment number 41.

    I am hurrying up to say my Big thank to All You!!!
    It is such a pleasure to see a lot of responses to my first blog. I am very happy! Let’s move on in the same way;) I already posted my second one, so don’t be shy:) I will consider all your questions and I will try to share my knowledge in my next ones. Keep asking me!
    P.S.: first picture was taken next to river Ob’ in Academgorodok (scientific part of Novosibirsk)

  • Comment number 42.

    "Tell me what is your first image when you think about a Russian person or Russia itself?"


    I wouldn't presume about Russia itself, it is too big and has far too many people to make generalisations.

    I have visited Moscow, during the Soviet times, and saw poetry being read in a packed football stadium.

    Of late, I visited Novosibirsk on a picture assignment and I was astounded at the beauty of the women. I think you have the most beautiful women in the world.


  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Olga...

    Well, talking about Siberia the first thing that comes to my mind it is trans Siberian. I imagine people travelling to remote places, and thinking about your lifes. And the first impression,it is that siberians(maybe russians) are introspective due to the climatic weather and the lifestyle that the weather imposes.

    That´s it.

    And you, what think or imagine about my Brazil?


  • Comment number 44.

    Hi Olga !

    I don't know a lot about Siberia.However, when I heard this word, the only thing which I imagine, is the very cold whether, and Trans-Siberian !

    I have never been in Russian. But I have in Ukraine. A beautiful place even if I can't speak a word of Russian !


    Emilie, from France.

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi Olga,

    Nice to meet you and welcome to this wonderful blogland.

    Siberia seem a very interesting place. It's beautiful.Well, the first thing that comes into my mind about Siberia is the very cold whether, and Trans-Siberian !
    I have never been in Russian.
    I Hope to read more stories about your country.
    Jackie, from Taiwan

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Olga , nice to meet you !
    I have gone through Siberia to Moscow by took the train .
    The impression with regard to Siberian which I had was the endless coniferous forest .
    There is a saying that: " Very high number is beautiful . "
    I really like the vast Siberian . I think that is enough to represent the characteristics of the Siberian .

  • Comment number 47.

    Hi Olga , nice to meet you !
    I have the impression that the endless Siberian coniferous forest
    , relative to Taiwan is very cold climate, there are some outstanding athletes
    Although I have not been to Russia, but I very much like to see
    Sometimes see on television landscape in Russia, the vast coniferous forest and then my mind is the most representative of the Russian

  • Comment number 48.

    Hi Olga,
    I am so glad to say hello to you too.
    Well, I have not been to Russia. Your picture makes me want to go there. Cold is my first image when I think about Russia. Because many movies always are cold weather in Russia. Vitas is my first image when I think about Russian. His songs are very wonderful.
    Siberia seems a very interesting place. The picture in your blog is very beautiful. I know where Siberia is, but I don’t know what the culture of Siberia is. I wish I could travel to there. Then I can enjoy Siberia scenery and learn Siberia culture. I think Siberia is a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment number 49.

    Nice to meet you too.
    Siberia seems a interesting place, but I have not went to there.
    Well, I think of vodka and ...there is very cold but beautiful place!

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment number 50.

    Nice to meet you too.
    Siberia seems a interesting place, but I have not went to there.
    Well, I think of vodka and ...there is very cold but beautiful place!

    Thank you for sharing.


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