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Tiksi is a small town, situated on the Arctic coast of Siberia. I was born in Tiksi in 1985 and spent my childhood days there. In the days of the Soviet Union, Tiksi was an important military and scientific base.  People came from all over the country, some driven by employment opportunities, and others by a romantic dream of the far North. Although the town is very far north and surrounded by vast expanses of tundra, there was an abundance of beauty. After the fall of the USSR my family, along with many others, boarded-up the windows of our home and left for a bigger city.  I was 8 when we left, and ever since then I have never been able to forget Tiksi.  The scenery, the colors, and the moments of pure childhood imagination made a lasting impression on me.  I have always wanted to be that little girl again. Last autumn and winter, for the first time in 18 years, I went back to Tiksi.  The scenery was still there, but the town was nearly abandoned. I met Tanya, a young girl who reminded me of myself when I was a kid.  She had a similar fascination with the sea and the tundra, and a similar urge to explore her environment.  Soon after meeting Tanya, she told me how much she admired Jacque Ives Cousteau (the red hat is a tribute to her hero).  She quickly became my friend and my guide to Tiksi. Tiksi  The Far North by Evgenia Arbugaeva