in the universe there's a place called Buryatia. You can find it
on the globe - just look at the blue half-moon shaped lake Baikal,
very close to Russian, Mongolian and Chinese borders .
the east end of Baikal there's a city called Ulan-Ude. That's where
I come from. I can also say that I come from the Soviet Union -
all my years in school I was a Pioneer, then Komsomol member. Perestroika
which happened so unexpectedly destroyed the usual way successful
young people went into the Soviet Party.
was lucky enough to travel to Spain at the age of 17 and at the
time when it was very hard to go abroad from the Soviet Union. The
trip impressed me so much I thought of studying foreign languages.
after a few years at the Buryat University I learnt English pretty
well thanks to my teachers.
followed 2 years in Shenyan, Nothern China. I took some lessons
of Chinese, explored new, wonderful world to me. I just loved this
country. When graduating from Buryat University my diploma work
was about new great Chinese reformation.
this moment I live in the Bay Area of California, and believe it's
the best place on Earth.
article about parenting was published in the local Bay Area non-profit
magazine. You can view it here.