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Lisbon Lapa District walking
Portugal, Travel

Lisbon Impressions

Before  I go to a new city, I wonder, what is it going to be like? And all the photos you look at usually portray touristic monuments, not showing the real life, street where people live, side streets where you will turn after a nice dinner just to get lost, […]

Fashion, Lifestyle, Russia

Shopping Post-Soviet Aesthetic

Not long ago Calvert Journal wrote about how this “post-Soviet aesthetic” trend became popular among mainstream brands and gave a ticket to international fashion scene to such brands as Gosha Rubchinsky and Demna Gvasalia.  Simultaneously enticing and repulsive for many Russians and Ukrainians who lived through the times, they intrigue foreigners and […]

San Francisco, Travel

What to bring from San Francisco

Back in Russia we used to have this association that everything coming from the  USA is just so cool and hard to get (pre-perestroika: jeans, coca-cola, records). At some point post-perestroika, everyone who could – would go shopping to States for the crazy sales, for the big malls, for Gap, […]

Greece, Travel

The chilled guide to Mykonos

Coming back from Mykonos that I have visited around 6 times since I was a child, I wanted to write about our search for those still pristine bays, small traditional restaurants, empty lands that we first saw with my mum back in the 90ies. Back then we rented a small […]

Portugal, Travel

My unconventional guide to Lisbon

After seeing Torre de Belem, eating a pasteis de nata and listening to Fado, there are still many great things left to do in Lisbon. I first came to Portugal 3 years ago, as a perfect meeting spot between Madrid and London. I did not know what to expect, and every […]


Tips from Locals: eating out in Lisbon

 When I first went to Lisbon, M. gave to me two precious post-its with all the places we had to visit. Throughout the years, the content of these post-its grew and been many times updated. The most recent one, contained the extensive list of bars and restaurants, that from M.´s permission I will […]