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Elena Ulko



Just a little bit about myself... 

I was born in Saint-Petersburg on November 27, 1981 to a family of a pediatrician and a sailor. My parents are the most remarkable people I can think of and thanks to them I am who I am. My father taught me how to be strong and willful to be able to reach whatever goals I had and will have in my live, while my mother taught me how to be a woman, loving and caring, sweet and almost perfect in everything. We still live together and now thanks to their support and help I am able to do my favorite work.

I graduated from high school in 1998 and went to study at Saint-Petersburg University of International Relations, Economics and Law. I chose the faculty of Linguistics because I felt special attachment to languages, although my parents tried to persuade me that being a lawyer or an economist presented far more options in life than being just an interpreter. Anyways, I'm very happy about my choice now. I majored in English, and my minors were German and Spanish. Finally, in 2003 I got an honors degree in Linguistics! Hurray!

During that my last year at the Uni one of my professors mentioned that she worked as a tour guide during the high season and I thought to myself...Why Not? So, I got enlisted into one of the leading guiding schools, called Gid-Intour.

The education was quite costly and my parents covered most of it, but when it came to obtaining guiding permissions at various museums they couldn't afford it anymore, and to help me get what I needed my boyfriend Vadim sacrificed his own studies and went to work. Thanks to him I was able to finish my studies and I got my Guide's Certificate just a month before the University degree.

2003 was my first season (and besides, St.Petersburg celebrated its 300th anniversary!) and I met a lot of interesting people during those months. I still keep in touch with most if them.

July 14, 2004 was one of the happiest days of my life! Vadim and I got married in the most beautiful Wedding Palace of Saint-Petersburg and had a church wedding in the loveliest church of the suburbs - Peter and Paul Cathedral in Peterhof.(see photo) This was a long and tiring day for both of us but I will never regret doing what I did that day.

2005 was another year that I will always cherish memories of. Our daughter Diana was born on April 8! A little earlier than we had planned, but she was a healthy child so there were no worries about that. By the end of May I could no longer resist my temptations and got back to work. Of course I couldn't have as many clients as I would have had before but well, Don't we have to sacrifice some things?


2006 passed by as quickly as any year while I was getting more and more experience and falling deeply in love with my beautiful city. Late in 2006 I started planning the most exciting event of 2007 - I decided to travel to the States sometime in fall: I had never been there before and had always wanted to go the US but being unmarried left little chances of getting an American Visa. So, 2007 was a perfect timing.

Thanks to all of my previous clients who have become my true friends I was able to put together a challenging itinerary and then implement it into real life! On September 13 2007 my husband Vadim and myself flew out of Saint-Petersburg and headed to New York via Helsinki, Finland. During 25 days we visited New York, Philly, Baltimore, Washington DC, Florida (Tampa and Saint-Petersburg(!) area), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas. There we rented a car and had it for a week exploring the beauty of Grand Canyon(see photo), red rocks of Sedona, Santa Fe and the Annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque! I guess I could write a book about our travels and about how much impressed I was with the natural beauty of the country…:)

Upon our return back to Saint-Petersburg in mid October we got a bank loan to be able to buy a condo (to finally get our own place to live) and since then Vadim and I have been working really hard to pay it back. I don't think I will get a chance to travel anywhere else till we are all set with the bank, so I'm awfully glad I had gone to the US and made one of my dreams come true.

2008 flew by as quickly as any other year did BUT with some really delightlful events:) We finally bought a large SUV (as I live in the suburbs it's really necessary) and in May 2008 I realised that we were going to have a new family member in 2009. January 26 2009 made us all very excited about the arrival of the new baby! My son Vladislav entered this world as a healthy screaming baby.. Now, I'm a happy mom of two very noisy little creatures that sometimes drive everyone crazy but at the same time make all us us so happy! I was able to resume guiding quite in May and had another exciting season meeting lots of people from all over the world. In September 2009 we got another car for myself - to be able to drive the kids to school and to do some independent shopping - you know how most men hate it! For some it's easier to get a new car:)))

2010 started as a regular year, myself being busy with the kids and answering customer inquiries and arranging tours for the new season. In may 2010 my husband was finally able to get a break from work and we flew to Dubai,UAE for a lovely 2 week vacation leaving the youngest member of our family at home with my parents. Dubai was truly hot, I had never experienced such hot weather before, but this was quite an experience and I will never hesitate if I get a chance to return there again! I fell in love with the place!
 
Now, in the middle of 2010 season I'm already planning our next getaway...so, those of you who are interested might get a chance to meet me in person without having to travel far - from September 23 till December 7 2010 my family and I will be residing in St.Petersburg, Florida! My husband will be attending ESL courses, Diana will be going to Pre-K so that she wouldn't get completely bored, while me and Vladislav will be enjoying the beach, walking, shopping, cooking and just having fun. Of course, I will always be there to answer your questions and help you organise your tours around Saint-Petersburg, Russia!:) 

Of course in this Story of my Life I have covered only the most important events, and there's much more to tell about myself than just facts and places. But I won't do that, let's leave it till we meet in person…-)