As my 30th birthday is quickly approaching (just a few days left now), I am feeling a strong need to reflect and take stock of where the hell I am in my life, where I've been, and where I should aim to go from here. And what better place to pour these thoughts out than… Continue reading Turning 30: Not where I thought I would be
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 Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar & Gobi Desert
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 Getting to know Edinburgh through stories
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.
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 A scenic photo tour of the Scottish Highlands
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 Our rainy honeymoon 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 What we spent on 8 days in Iceland
Yesterday I wrote about the reasons engagement rings are a marketing scam that aims to exploit people's insecurities. Today, I'd like to present a few great alternatives to giving in to that peer pressure by spending thousands of dollars on an engagement ring. These alternatives present options ranging from the most minimalist approach (not getting a ring… Continue reading Six awesome ways to rethink the engagement ring purchase
When I begin to think of how many of my deeply held beliefs and life expectations exist solely because of clever marketing - I can't help but feel a bit conned and even a little nauseous. Think about it. Brands and marketing companies work very hard to make us want their products, of course, but… Continue reading Can companies ruin happiness for us?
In August after my 11th birthday my life changed drastically. It was sort of, cut in half. And it has taken me until my mid- to late twenties to begin reconciling it and finding a place in my present for my past. Until that August, I was a wholly Russian kid. I had just finished my 4th year… Continue reading Is there such a thing as ‘global citizen’?