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Finding Katya is the inspiring and compelling story of one woman who ditches everything to embark on an unconventional adventure through the former Soviet Union.

Book Details:

Finding Katya By Katie R. Aune

ISBN-13: 979-8988365907
Print length: 286 Pages
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 31, 2023

Book Description:

On her 35th birthday, Katie Aune was at a crossroads. Still reeling from a difficult breakup and longing to find more meaning in her life, she hopped on a one-way flight to start a year-long journey of discovery. Once a Russian and East European Studies major in college, Aune plotted a course that would take her through all 15 states of the former Soviet Union.
In a book that is part memoir, part travelogue, Aune takes readers along as she discovers places that are far off the typical tourist track, from riding the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia and taking a cargo ferry from Ukraine to Georgia, to volunteering in Tajikistan and camping in the desert of Turkmenistan. Faced with the vulnerability of traveling solo through unfamiliar lands, she shakes off her insecurities, embraces the unknown and realizes that each journey is worthwhile, even if it doesn’t go as planned.

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 Review By LAWonder10:

Katie Aune’s Grandmother was special to her. Her grandmother shared the same wanderlust desire to travel. For Katie, her dream was to travel the countries and cities that used to be a part of the former Soviet Union. On her 35th Birthday, she fulfilled that dream by working with an organization and teach English in Russia. She took leave from her work for over a year.

Katie experienced a difficult childhood and still had many insecurities, even though she had gone to college, earned a law degree, and was very successful. It was remarkable that she committed to this venture, not knowing what challenges she would be forced to encounter. She states in her story that she felt it would have been wiser to take this adventure immediately after Graduate School. However, I feel in her case, it would have been too difficult a feat since she lacked the experience and confidence she obtained through the success and experience she enjoyed for a few years within her career.

This book is about her experiences and her travel to the various countries and cities of the Former Soviet Union. Her experience with the various individuals she encountered was interesting and sometimes emotional, but the most interesting parts to me were the rigid country restrictions and processing I never realized still existed. I also learned of countries I never knew existed and cities I never heard of. There was even a “ship cemetery” I never was aware existed. 

This was a well-written documentary/memoir. It was interesting and not boring. There was one “F” bomb I wish was left out of the otherwise clean story. The added illustrated maps were a nice touch.

I offer a Five-Stars literary rating.

This book was gifted to me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.

About the Author:

Katie R. Aune is a recovering tax attorney who has worked in nonprofit and higher ed fundraising for more than a decade while also dabbling in travel blogging and writing. Despite not traveling overseas for the first time until she was 25, she has been to nearly 70 countries and all seven continents.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Katie is currently based in Washington, D.C. and has a habit of rooting for sports teams that find ways to lose in devastating fashion.
You can find her online at: Twitter  Instagram~ Facebook ~ LinkedIn ~

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1 Comment
  1. Nicole Pyles

    Great review!

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