Österled (or Eastwards) is a podcast on a journey across time and space in the Russian-speaking world. It is the personal travelling story of me, Josef Lilljegren - a history buff, slavophile, and language-nerd once again on the road eastwards. The purpose of the podcast is to communicate the special brand of magic through which I once fell in love with this general part of the world.
This magic is, however, irreperably dirtied by the ongoing crimes of the war against Ukraine, its people, culture, and democracy. Most of the podcast has been recorded and edited during the years leading up to the war of 2022.
Episodes are predominantly in Swedish, make out one leg of the journey each, and are accompanied by historic or literary travelling companions like Afanasy Nikitin, Dostoyevski, or Lermontov. Themes range from practical experiences of backpacking in Russia and the Russian-speaking world to historic accounts of Russian and Soviet Society such as tea-drinking, Russian trains, language-diversity, industrialisation, and economy, and perhaps increasingly, about the flagrant abhorrance of democracy and void of human desencey that lead one brother-people to abuse the country of another.
I who make this podcast, am an economic historian, and long-time traveler. I finance and produce the podcast on my own. Upon going eastwards, I sold my stuff, cancelled my apartment, and left my native Sweden for good.Poyekhali
Brussels, March 2022.