Finding Katya

Finding Katya: How I Quit Everything to Backpack the Former Soviet States is the inspiring and engaging story of one woman who ditches everything to embark on an unconventional adventure through the former Soviet Union.

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About the Book

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.

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.

Author Appearances

Washington DC

Thursday, June 15, 7-9 p.m.
Mission DuPont Circle, 1606 20th St NW (upstairs in the Loft).

Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


Tuesday, Aug 29, 7-9 p.m.
O’Shaughnessy’s Public House
4557 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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