I love  traveling, especially to post-communist societies.  Siberia, the Central Asian Republics and Mongollia are the top of my bucket list right now.  
 My favorite artistic movements and genres are:  Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts,, Slavic folk art and handcrafts, Central Asian textiles and tiles, the Peredvizhniki, Socialist Realism and poster art, and contemporary photography.  
I enjoy the outdoors, especially rambling in the Rockies with my two pooches, Josie and Ladybug.