Transform Siberia

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Transform Siberia
Lifting the veil on a once forbidden place to reveal the beauty and warmth of her people. (by transformsiberia.com)
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Website Reviews » There are 13 reviews on Transform Siberia

Teresa MacKay
21:04 PM December 01, 2014

Insight into a world few will ever see! Thanks Alex for the great blog, and stunning photos!

Dmitry
21:09 PM December 01, 2014

Great first-hand experience reflections!

Hoss Lors
21:23 PM December 01, 2014

Alex is a good writer and even better photographer! I enjoy his open minded world view coupled with his love and descriptive writing about people. His travels are inspiring!

Alison Counts
21:41 PM December 01, 2014

Alex is a wonderful writer. Not only does he take beautiful photos, he is able to paint a beautiful picture with his words.

Kevin
22:10 PM December 01, 2014

Transform Siberia is a great blog to follow and keep up-to-date with. The author(s) really paints a visual picture of what it must be like to be there, experiencing the culture firsthand. I always get excited when I see that a new post has come out! :)

Rebecca
22:33 PM December 01, 2014

Love this blog!

Pat Newby
02:34 AM December 02, 2014

Photography is beautiful! The narrative is absorbing and draws the reader into the story. I liked the detail provided of the trip, the people, the scenery and the interactions. O.K., so I'm Mom BUT nevertheless, I feel I've learned much about this culture and it's history.

Kimberly McKeehan
05:11 AM December 02, 2014

Beautiful photography and narrative that delivers insight and information. I love this writer's curiosity and openness as he shares his experience.

Sandy Sommetville
06:27 AM December 02, 2014

Alex Newby does a excellent job with his photos

April French
06:29 AM December 02, 2014

Alex Newby provides a wonderful glimpse into life in Siberia and Mongolia with his gorgeous photographs and well-crafted descriptions of the cultures of these amazing peoples! Well worth the read!

Chris Bechard
07:55 AM December 02, 2014

I always look forward to reading Alex's posts. Amongst the fifty or so travel and adventure blogs I read weekly, Alex's stand head and shoulders above the rest. His words and images quickly transport me to Siberia, Mongolia and China, as well as his other 'home base' in Montana. Other travel and adventure blogs I scour are either written by perpetual travelers who never seem to stop long enough to become familiar with anything, or are long-time expats posting from a seemingly jaded and stale perspective. Alex does neither of these. His posts are always fresh with wide-eyed enthusiasm, yet his words and photos reflect the wisdom and experience of someone who has deliberately spent a lot of time in an area to get to know people, their language, food, customs and traditions. In particular, Alex's intimate knowledge of the Buryat people stands alone from any other publication, hard copy or electronic, I have read. As an aspiring travel writer and photographer, I relish Alex's posts, always there to provide me inspiration and the confidence to take intimate portraits of local people who just don't let anyone with a camera shoot them. I am also grateful to Alex for documenting culture and customs that quite frankly, are dusasoearung from this world at an alarming rate. One look at Alex's posts demonstrates a deep respect for those he documents, rather than mass posting across several blogs just to get hits, likes and notoriety. I seldom write reviews such as this, because I am rarely moved to take the time to do so. However I can state from the heart I feel Alex Newby deserves to be recognized for having one of the premier Expat in Russia blogs. I know that with that recognition, thousands of others would discover Alex's gift and enjoy his posts as much as I do.

Jenny E
15:25 PM December 02, 2014

Love this blog! Alex does a wonderful job of introducing us to the beautiful and varied peoples of Siberia.

Tyler D
00:35 AM December 05, 2014

Alex is a unique talent who brings the intuition of photography to a deeper level of storytelling by elucidating a place and culture that often flies under the public eye of Western culture. I enjoy reading his material because it is professional, entertaining, and educational.

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