24 HOURS IN NYC: Insanity or Epic Adventure?

Can you see all of Manhattan in 24 hours? What if you’ve never even been to the USA before, and those 24 hours are your introduction to the country? You’d have to be insane to try, right? Well, it just so happens that several of my friends are currently on their way to the Big…

I MISS NY: Springtime in the City

I like living in Moscow. I really do. I love being close to my family, the beauty of the Kremlin at night, dill and sour cream with everything, Tretyakov Gallery on weekdays, the insane job that drives me absolutely insane, first and last shashlyk barbecue of the season at Kolomenskoye, horses, countryside, two weeks of…

I MISS NY: 5 Things That Make Me Feel Like a New Yorker

What’s up is down, what’s black is white… while New York is once again buried under feet of snow, here in Moscow it’s birds-a-chirping and skies-a-raining. And even though my very first post on this blog was about Moscow’s never-ending winters, this year I feel positively robbed of one. If there is one thing that…

I MISS NY: BIG CITY, BRIGHT LIGHTS

Even though I usually avoid shopping centers, especially around the holidays (crowds, lines, loud music, obnoxious SALE signs, scent overload  and messy racks give me anxiety), there was one NYC mall that I cannot resist at Christmastime: The Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. From mid-November through New Year’s the main hall features an amazing…

I MISS NY: BERGDORF’S WINDOWS

One of my favorite things about the holiday season in New York is the unveiling of the window displays of Bergdorf Goodman, the poshest and fanciest of all the posh and fancy department stores in the world. Every December I would rearrange my post-work commute so that I could swing by the BG store on…

MY NYC: 5 ACTIVITIES

I love being a tourist in my own city. For nearly 7 years that city was New York, and I loved discovering it for myself as much as I loved showing it off to guests. A great way to see – and show – the city in all its impressive scale and majestic beauty is…

A NEW YORK RESPITE

Another former New Yorker shared this link on her Facebook page and it was a hilarious pick-me-up, as well as a wonderful trip down memory lane:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/35-things-most-new-yorkers-do So this is for everyone who has ever enjoyed the insanity of the New York living, or is enjoying it still, or perhaps has heard far too much about it…

LESSONS LEARNED

I think the best travels are the ones that make you learn  something new – about the world, your home, or even yourself. My most recent excursion into Second Motherland made me realize that returning to a place you once happily called home is like meeting up with a really great ex. Here is my epiphany, down to five…