My name is Anton Burmistrov. I’m a graphic designer born in a country that no longer exists. I have worked at various agencies and eventually my own home-based studio. As soon as my career began to gain momentum, I decided to sell my things and travel the world.
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My worldview was formed by Soviet atlases, the Discovery Channel and the NatGeo magazine. Before travel, I drew in my head wild places, people and their cultures. Unexpected places. For me these ideas were unknown, mysterious, just like a Kitezh, — a mythological city beneath the waters of Lake Svetloyar (A form of Russian Atlantis). And when I set off, all my dreams burst in a second like a soap bubble. The world was not the same as it was shown by the publishers and bloggers. More precisely, their interpretation was framed — cut out of context, narrowed. Train to Kitezh is some kind of incarnation of my disappointment, a train that runs to a mysterious city that does not exist, and the reality is far more sadder.
I aim to explore cultural differences and social diversity in the places I travel. Rather than just visiting tourist sites and sunny beaches, I travel to some bizarre corners of the world to uncover their occasionally social and politically-charged stories.

Train to Kitezh is a subjective platform, I’m not a scientist nor an anthropologist and there might be some facts I’ve oversimplified or ideas I’ve paraphrased too greatly. I write down my thoughts and about things I’ve heard or read. I’m only human and there might be things that are wrong or that you disagree with. If you see something you think could be improved — email me with your suggestions.
Train to Kitezh doesn’t offer ultimate travel guides, itinerary advice, ideas for creating “unforgettable experiences” and aspirational lifestyle. Train to Kitezh is completely independent and unaffiliated.