Rwanda in Photos: Posh restaurants, markets, hiking and a mine (yes, seriously)

In September I was very lucky to spend 3 whole weeks in Rwanda, on a work trip. Last time I had been there was in 2015 and I already wrote my naive impressions of the country in this post. But this time I was equipped with my favorite camera and really enjoyed pretending to be... Continue Reading →

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Serenity in the City: London Wetland Centre

A few months ago my husband and I discovered a little bit of London that doesn't feel like London at all! The London Wetland Centre, just a few minutes' walk from the Hammersmith Bridge, feels like an entirely different part of the country - it was absolutely serene. This place is now at the top... 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 →

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 →

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.

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 →

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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