Uæ bon khorz! My name is Richard Foltz. I am a Canadian academic (professor at Concordia University in Montréal) currently living in Ossetia for one year, maybe more, researching and writing what will be the first book in English — or indeed in any Western language — on the subject of this fascinating but little-known part of the world. Since there is very little information available about Ossetia (except in Russian) and much of what can be found is inaccurate, incomplete or outright biased, I decided to start a blog to share my observations here in the hope that others will be inspired to discover this spectacular land with its unique culture. It is a work in progress, so please bear with me!