John's love of Russia started at school whilst studying Russian history, which culminated with a visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Following university he decided to indulge his love of all things Russian and started working for a Russian tour operator based in the UK.
Following this he joined Audley, as it enabled him to work much closer with people travelling to Russia and meant he could spend all day talking about the country. Having been firmly bitten by the travel bug, he has since travelled along the Silk Route through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and also to Turkey where he was fascinated by the country's history and food. One of his Turkish highlights was a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Cappadocian landscape.
When not working at Audley John is a keen chef and an even keener eater. He enjoys reading and photography.
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John's Most Memorable Experience
Diving into the ice-cold river that runs through the beautiful Tash Rabat Valley in Kyrgyzstan after a toasty Kyrgyz banya (sauna) was truly memorable.
Our hosts were very keen for us to experience this traditional element of their nomadic way of life and were delighted that we took part so enthusiastically. Not only does it make your skin glow for several days, but you sleep like a baby almost immediately afterwards.