Diana Gleadhill’s adventures in Eastern Russia

kamchatka-volcanoDiana Gleadhill’s author visit on Tuesday provided a fascinating and enticing story of her treks through the Kamchatka peninsula of Eastern Russia, an area that has only been accessible to the world since the end of the Soviet era.  Diana, and her school friend Elise (mind you these two are now well into their 60’s) hiked across active volcanoes, competed with bears for Sockeye Salmon and ultimately had the adventure of a lifetime, culminating in the publication of Diana’s journal and photographs of the region. She also spoke abo0ut the very simple way of life of the indigenous reindeer herders, and the basic lifestyle of the Russian families that also call the Kamchatka peninsula their home.

Diana mentioned the prolific amount of poaching that went on in the area, and that following her trip she was able to encourage a massive shift in anti-poaching regulation on the area. An adventurer and environmentalist, we wish Diana the best on her next expedition!

Diana’s book; Kamchatka: a journal and guide to Russia’s land of ice and fire is available for loan from the library.

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  1. Diana was kind enough to send this comment just yesterday upon her arrival home.

    Dear Symon and Staff of Tea Tree Gully Library.

    Here I am home again in very cold Ireland – quite a change from hot Adelaide!
    Just a quick thank-you for inviting me to give my presentation on Kamchatka, and for setting it all up so well. It was great to see such a good sized audience and the quantity and quality of the questions really indicated the interest people had taken in the talk. I was, also, delighted to have sold some books on the day.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Adelaide and then in Perth, I’m sure it will not be the last time I shall visit. As far as I could see, Australia is a great place to live, especially for the young.

    Thank you, also, for the little gifts you gave me – I have an ongoing battle with my Irish grandchild over possession of the echidna!

    Very best wishes to you all
    Diana Gleadhill

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