received an MA (Hons) in Russian from the University of Edinburgh.
After graduating she was accepted on the graduate training scheme
at Credit Suisse First Boston, as an Eastern European equities broker.
However, this life was not for her and she resigned after a year
and spent the next couple of years working and traveling abroad.
During this time she and a friend spent 6 weeks walking the old
Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain.
Alexandra is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1999
she was a member of the team that completed the Silk Road Expedition.
An eight-month journey, traveling solely by horse and camel, this
expedition retraced 5,000 miles of one of the former trading routes
that make up the ancient Silk Road. The expedition received extensive
coverage in the British press and Alexandra wrote a book on the
journey, The Last Secrets of the Silk Road, commissioned
by the English publisher Profile. It was published in March 2003
and went into paperback in March 2004. It has also been published
in America, Italy and Holland.
After the Silk Road Expedition Alexandra moved to Moscow, where
she wrote her book and continued to travel in Central Asia. In 2002
Alexandra and a friend rode 3,000 miles on horseback through Mongolia
and Siberia. On this and the Silk Road Expedition Alexandra was
accompanied by Shamil Galimzyanov, a Russian show-jumper from Uzbekistan,
and in September 2003 they were married in the Russian Orthodox
Cathedral in London. Together they now organise commercial horseback
trekking expeditions in Central Asia, selling them through The
Ultimate Travel Company and Wild & Exotic.