Some facts about me :

  • I am French. Wrong passport to travel to Russia, I almost need to sell a kidney to pay for a long visa everytime.
  • I’ve spent most of the last decade travelling around Russia, former Soviet countries and the Middle East.
  • I love to read. Like, a lot. Add some obsessive curiosity and you got the answer to why I end up in villages deep in the Caucasus mountains.
  • I speak Russian badly, but it’s quite useful. Apparently it’s understandable and my French accent seems to make it bearable to the ears of the local babushkas !
  • All my writings are based on personnal experiences. I hate sugar coating, if I don’t like a place/something I will just say so.
  • I only write about places I’ve been to. I’m a very slow traveller and like to spend weeks in the same area, so you won’t find every single region of the Russia Federation (yet, but I’m working on it) on this blog because I clearly haven’t been everywhere and refuse to write simple overviews of places or without having experiencing them myself.
  • My last trip to Russia : June to September 2022.

What is Satanaya knows ?

An alternative travel blog to help you prepare your adventures to off the beaten track corners of Russia and the Caucasus ! Because there is so much more to discover outside of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and the rails of the “classic” Transsiberian !

So Who’s Satanaya ?

Ever heard about the Caucasian mythology ? No ?
Long story short, the Narts are the mythical heroes, semi-gods and said ” ancestors” of several ethnic groups from the Caucasus (Ossetians, Circassians and other Nakhs). Satanaya is THE recurring matriarchal character in all of these legends.
Satanaya, Sataney, Shatan, Satan etc. according to the linguistic variants of her name is always represented as extremely beautiful, intelligent, wise, useful and gifted. It is to her that the Nart people will seek answers in times of war, famine etc. She always has the answer.

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