Preparing for the London winter

These days the greyness in London is starting to set in, things are feeling a little bit colder, and I am starting to not feel like doing much at all. This morning when my alarm went off it was still pitch black outside, and it felt so cold outside the snugness of my comforter. Luckily... Continue Reading →

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Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar & Gobi Desert

March was a very busy travel month. When it rains, it pours, as they say. But in this case, in a really great, adventurous way. Over 2-week-long back-to-back trips, with just a 2-night break back in London, my job took me to Johannesburg, South Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, and a few parts of Mongolia. London to Ulaanbaatar Getting to Mongolia... Continue Reading →

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Getting to know Edinburgh through stories

Sometimes, when I am too lazy to learn about the history of a place I'm visiting, I feel like travel is a bit wasted on me. I start to take all the buildings and streets for granted. There's no meaning in them for me. Sure, at first when you begin traveling things are exciting just... Continue Reading →

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Thirty-six hours in Jakarta

After surviving several long-haul flights and a 12-hour layover in Dubai, C and I booked it straight for the Aston Pluit hotel, which felt SO LAVISH given how exhausted we were. The breakfast in this place especially rocked. In fact, the spicy, flavourful meals we got to have in Indonesia remain one of the major highlights of the trip several years later.

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A scenic photo tour of the Scottish Highlands

I would've kept delaying visiting Scotland if it wasn't for my friend E! I think because Scotland feels so close to my current home (London), I've taken visiting it a bit for granted. Later, later...I can always go there...later. However, E was passing through Europe from the US, and we had the perfect opportunity to meet up... Continue Reading →

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Our rainy honeymoon in Iceland

I really love the idea of going to a cold climate for a honeymoon! Maybe it's because of my Russian roots, or because an Icelandic honeymoon seems less conventional than one spent in a beach paradise - and I love doing as much as possible differently from convention these days ;). As long as you invest in proper... Continue Reading →

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What we spent on 8 days in Iceland

It is commonly known that Iceland is pretty expensive - £20 bowl of soup type of expensive. So because of this, and because it is 2017 and J and I want to spend our money more thoughtfully so we can travel more, we did something we hadn't done before. We created a detailed budget for this trip,... Continue Reading →

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How do you measure a decade?

About this time 10 years ago, I was a naive, unaware, unsuspecting, inexperienced 20 year old who was about to go live in France by herself for 8 whole months. I was silently terrified when I landed in Charles de Gaulle Airport, finding myself unable to even independently navigate out of the airport and clinging... Continue Reading →

Where do the women of London shop?!

I've lived in the UK for 3.5 years now and still have so much trouble shopping. Doesn't it seem impossible to find normal, professional and classic-style clothes that suit you without dishing out basically your entire paycheck each time? It is a game of extremes. You either have to settle for flimsy, cheap, mass produced,... Continue Reading →

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