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LOVE LIFE


I like to go to movies alone. I always try to make sure there is one empty seat right next to me so that I don’t get distracted. I don’t always succeed with my seating choice. In fact, most of the time I fail miserably. If it is a great movie, that sucks you in with an emotional storyline, the task…

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS – HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?


It is New Years eve and there are hundreds of things running through my mind, one of them being my New Year Resolution list. I look up the goals I wrote last year – some of them are a done deal, some are there to stay forever and will probably never materialise. I don’t know whether I want to learn…

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INSTAGRAM MAKES MY LIFE A NIGHTMARE


 When I see photos of New York my whole world collapses. The bright photos of Empire State lights, empty West Village streets, Brooklyn Bridge wires, intended to lure in tourists and dreamers, appear on my Instagram feed with brutal consistency. And when they do, my heart, that has been in some state of hibernation for the past 6 months, starts beating…

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WHY WOMEN SHOULD TRAVEL ALONE


“Freedom is claimed, not received.”  You might be scared to travel alone because you don’t want to feel lonely, you are a bad planner and your map reading ability is not something to be proud of, because you can’t control your spending or because you don’t like talking to strangers, but you should not be scared to travel because you…

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WHY I LEFT NEW YORK OR THE DARK SIDE OF EXPAT LIFE


“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then… we return home.” (Aboriginal proverb).  Ever since I came back from New York one question keeps coming up in all conversations – “Why did you leave New York?”. People would sometimes elaborate by saying…

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HOW I SURVIVED NEPAL EARTHQUAKE


If we want to see something extraordinary we have to experience something extraordinary: go through strenuous exercise, sleep on a wooden board, contact with extreme poverty, climb the mountain and even witness an earthquake. Nepal is so rich with natural wonders, that it is sensical to expect natural disasters in this country. I seem to have bad luck choosing the time and place to travel: two years…

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MY COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP WITH NEPAL


There are a lot of unfounded preconceptions about Nepal. Snow capped mountains, scenic views of rice fields on the sloping hills, ascetic rural lifestyle, the always smiling Himalayan nation – all of it adds great deal of mystery to the image of the country. All of it is also true, however it comprises only one percent of what you will…

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AMERICAN vs. RUSSIAN CONVERSATIONS


The ability to hold conversation is, apparently, one of the skills Americans value most in their everyday lives. Certainly, if you can pick up any topic and easily build up on it increases your chances to establish strong connection with a person. But is this skill really worth all the buzz? Especially when you keep moving between the continents? After coming…

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5 THINGS YOU LEARN AFTER MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY


“Travel changes you, As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.” – Anthony Bourdain I just came to realization that the person I was 2 years ago is very different from who I am now. I am…

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