at the major media in Moscow
A journalist for the major Russian newspapers and magazines, a columnist, a featured, a travel, and a life style writer; made a program for Drive-TV. The greatest accomplishment was a newspaper series "The Route" about 200'000 km road trip around Moscow. I've got a journalist awards for that. Series was published as books with a general circulation of 15'000.
Taught Russian in South Africa
Since 2009 I taught Russian language and literature at the World Languages Department of University of South Africa (UNISA). At the mean time my industrial rusty-dusty photos won an international contest with following up personal photo exhibition "Iron Africa". During the World Cup 2010 I wrote series "Africa daily" for Russian media.
On podiums of many races.
2011 was the beginning of my short but explosive running career, when, after watching the whole South Africa running, I came to the stadium and ask a top coach to show me how to run, then to train me for speed running. After a couple of months I won 10 km in Gauteng Province, ran at South African Champs, then at World Masters Athletic in USA, where got a silver medal.
Long distance hiking and cycling.
One day I wanted to try something ultra- and googled "long distance well-marked trail". The Appalachian Trail came first. I bought a ticket to US again, took a sabbatical, and ‘ve gone for 2 000 miles walk. Then cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Then cycled through the whole England and Scotland with Orkney Islands. Then... I'm still hiking and cycling somewhere.
Published in separate books as one of the best travel series in Russian printed media of 00's.
Exhibition of my South African Industrial pictures
Sudden discovery of hidden talent.
It started in Appalachia
2,000 miles solo. Never planned, just happened.
Which was good, otherwise I would probably never go. I'm happy I did. I don't like backpacking and tenting, I actually hate it. So I hiked like a trail runner, with ultralight backpack, no cooking, no camping. Just walking and sleeping, at the beginning gathering with other hikers and locals a lot, less at the end. Therefore the most no-sence question about AT is "how long does it take". By non-written rule AT hikers should use nick names. I was given the name "Brave". Hm, step by step I've got used to it.
Because my legs deserve it.
I started to enjoy getting myself from the point A to the point B by feet, to hike trails and to cycle roads. I don't enjoy driving, like I got used to until started to run, too many restrictions and limitations. I don't stay anymore in Zermatt***** either, I stay now wherever twilight catch me, right on my way. I pay a lot for doing that. Money is the smallest part of the bill.