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Kamchatka Observer (Discontinued): Dispatches from the end of the earth, by Julia Phillips.

Goodbye

Goodbye
By Julia Phillips
In her final post for the Kamchatka Observer blog, author Julia Phillips writes about saying goodbye to the snowmobiles, bear cubs, and superlatively kind people of Kamchatka.

In Valley of the Geysers, a 'Month of Silence'

In Valley of the Geysers, a 'Month of Silence'
By Julia Phillips
Every spring for more than 15 years, Kamchatka's famous federal nature reserve has announced a temporary restriction on visits to two of its best-known sites to encourage bear population growth.

Lessons in Itelmen

Lessons in Itelmen
By Julia Phillips
The Itelmen language, spoken by an ethnic group indigenous to the Kamchatka peninsula, is both tantalizingly rich and worryingly rare.

Building Burton Park

Building Burton Park
By Julia Phillips
Snowboard manufacturer Burton's official distributor in Russia held a countrywide contest rewarding cities with new snow parks, and the comparatively small Petropavlovsk was in the running.


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Julia Phillips is living on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula as part of a Fulbright grant in creative writing. She is working on a collection of short stories about the region's post-Soviet transition. From New Jersey, she is the co-founder of Starmack & Phillips Writers' Services, which offers a range of writing and editing assistance. Her email address is julia@starlipswriters.com. Her views do not represent those of the Fulbright program or the State Department.

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