May 30th, 2013

Travel to Chechnya?

Recently I was contacted by a representative of the newly established tourism branch of the Chechen government. They're organizing a promotional tour in late summer/early fall and she wants me to submit a proposal for a spot. In the proposal, I'm supposed to explain who I am, my profession, the platforms on which I write, and why I want to visit the region. This is the easy part. However, I'm not a well-known blogger and don't have a large audience so the chance of getting a spot on this press tour is extremely remote. Perhaps they're interested in having an American, especially a woman, write her impressions of the region. I doubt many average Americans have ever stepped foot in Chechnya.

In my Ukrainian Village post , I wrote about the Chechen bombers in Boston. I've read a lot about this region but maybe I'm too trusting, always trying to find an ounce of goodness in everyone. Of course I sometimes give up and realize that some people are in fact truly horrible with empty, worthless souls.

What do you think? If you had the opportunity to travel there, would you go?