Yuri was born in a small town in Siberia, a region known for its bitter cold and great size. Since childhood, he loved to read books about faraway countries and cultures, places and their history, plants, and animals. He traveled around, however rarely, to get away from the familiar plains and forests of his native land. Before he graduated and saved some money he could only travel inside Russia, but in 2016 the Big Journey began which still haven’t really ended and he has already been through 17 countries, some of them twice.