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TRAVEL DREAMING

This is not a post about my “Bucket List.” Oh how I hate the use of this term by travel bloggers*. You guys do know what it means, right? Things to do before you “kick the bucket.” Before YOU DIE. Which, barring a tragic accident, is about half a century away for most of you.…

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THE 5 STAGES OF RUSSIAN WINTER

This past weekend I was ready to call it quits with the whole winter business — but then it started snowing again. Which I love. You probably think that the famous Russian Winter looks like ^^. And it does, sometimes. But this never-ending season has many faces, and, sadly, Snowy Wonderland is among the least…

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WELCOME TO THE MODERN RUSSIAN BANYA

In my mind, banya — a particular kind of bathhouse / sauna cross-breed — was always one of those inextricably Russian cultural identifiers, alongside vodka, snow, bears, communism, Nutcracker ballet and Matryoshka nesting dolls. In my mind, a banya was a small log cabin, where after a wash and a steam you get beaten half…

London's winter wonderland 2

5 LOWEST TRAVEL MOMENTS OF 2014

Last year was a dream-come-true in terms of travel, but with so much awesome, a few bad experiences were bound to creep in. For the sake of full disclosure, here they are, in chronological order. Florida jet-lag and junk food binge. It took me nearly a week to stop waking up at 1 am and…

Sunflowers in Crimea

TOP 14 TRAVEL MOMENTS OF 2014

I really love looking back at the most amazing year of travels – all the photos, adventures, and memories to last a lifetime. Writing at a seaside café while it rained in Novy Svet (Crimea). I might have gotten rained out of several days’ worth of sightseeing, but on the flip side it was the…

Florida sunset

2014: MY YEAR OF TRAVEL

Twelve months ago travel was pretty much at the bottom of my 2014 agenda. Twelve countries later, this turned out to be the most travel-intensive year of my life. Some of the journeys were for work, some for fun, and some were undertaken on a whim. By the end of the year I have crossed…

Baltics from the air

TALLINN AIRPORT: A REVIEW

Why am I reviewing an airport of all things? Because Tallinn’s Lennart Meri Airport is THE CUTEST! By far the most adorable airport I’ve ever been in. It is cozy and cheerful, and feels like a big lounge room with a cafe or a library or a playground throwing in here and there. Actually, why tell you about…