TRAVEL READS – September 2016

So yes, I seem to have skipped right over summer, during which I had managed to pop by London (and Windsor), Paris (first time in 13 years!), Brussels and the Alsace region of France. But most of my free time was spent hopping across the beautiful countryside around Moscow. Please enjoy my IG illustration of those weekend getaways, along with…

TRAVEL READS – May 2016

Another month of not writing… but I feel like I might be getting closer to that mental place where I might write again, soon? Will June bring the magic? We shall see. But for now, have yourself some good reads, with my Instagram round-up of Spring finally coming to Moscow:  Ever since Russia and South Korea…

TRAVEL READS – September 2015

Autumn is in full swing across the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Moscow September brought a freakish bout of absolutely gorgeous weather, with sunny days, blue skies, and temperatures reaching into the high 20’s C/80’s F. A true “babye leto”, or “women’s summer.” And now, let’s move on to … GERMANY In many countries fall means harvest festivals,…

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…

Chasing Rabbits & New York Nostalgia in FRANKFURT

Frankfurt was exactly what I thought it would be — except I didn’t expect it to remind me of New York so much. Taken as two wholes, the cities aren’t particularly similar visually, they aren’t comparable in terms of size or population (NYC has x5 of one and x11 of the other), and Frankfurt is noticeably…

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…

BIG CITY LIFE

Who doesn’t like Big Dick? Sorry, that’s Mr. Big Dick, and if you don’t know him yet, you must check out his always-hilarious, often-wise and totally SFW (despite a NSFW name) blog The Big Dick Chronicles about life, love, sex, marriage and other adventures right away. Mr. BD also happens to live in  MiddleOfNowhere, Missouri…

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…