Photographer: Michael Maklakov
Translator: Ekaterina Kurova
Michael Maklakov travelled the Tuva Republic and shared his story and photo report with us:
“When I was going to Tuva, I only knew two things about this republic – it borders Mongolia and you can easily get killed there.
Is it dangerous there?
We were told not to walk around the districts that are far from the center of Kyzyl. While in the center it was very peaceful and quiet. During two weeks that we have spent there we only met friendly and nice people. The most important thing is to follow the rules of communication and to respect their traditions:
If you visit Tuvinian people, it is necessary to drink Tuvinian tea with milk and salt. Sometimes you might be also offered mantas. Only after this you will be set to talk business.
They also treated us with various types of meat (like goat’s and yak’s) and dishes, which I don’t even remember names for, that were made with different dairy products and flour.
We moved around Tuva on UAZ, because otherwise it’s difficult – in the mountainous areas roads are tentative.
Will I ever go back? Certainly. This summer I’m going to Tuva to see international festival Ustuu-Khuree”.