Having learnt Russian from an early age, Nick's love of Russia and its culture was enhanced by school trips to St Petersburg. Drawn to the opportunity to spend more time in Russia on a year abroad, Nick went on to study Russian and French at the University of Nottingham. Nick's time in Russia was spent in the remote and beautiful Russian countryside, volunteering at a therapeutic community for orphaned children.
After graduating, Nick looked to Audley Travel as an opportunity to share his passion for all things Russian and he has since had the opportunity to expand his travel knowledge by journeying along the Silk Route through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Having spent time in China's big cities on holiday, Nick was amazed by the contrast in the western province of Xinjiang, and was then amazed by the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan as well as the history of these former Soviet states.
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I'll never forget when…
In my opinion, a trip to Russia isn't complete without a trip to a banya (hot and cold bathhouse), and my most memorable experience came from my most recent trip to Moscow.
Having already made a few visits to a rural countryside banya, I decided to try out the famous Sanduny Baths, founded in 1808 and the oldest and most luxurious banya in the country. Hiring a private room, I spent two hours going between a very hot Russian sauna and a very cold plunge pool whilst periodically being hit and massaged with birch tree branches. Truly the most Russian way to relax.