30 Pictures That Will Inspire You to Visit Texas

“You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.”  Davy Crockett If you had to describe Texas with hashtags which ones would you choose? #DontMessWithTexas? #RememberTheAlamo? #CowboyBootsForeva? #WillieNelsonForPresident?  I chose mine two years ago, after moving to Austin, and it’s #TexasIsNotOnlyCowboys. “Duh, Yulia!” would say anyone who was born in the U.S.A….

The Foodie Miles Best Meals of 2017

Looking at the list of my favorite meals from the past year, once again, I realized that it’s not the food alone that makes me love a meal. The people I am with, the physical space where it’s served, the vibe, the view, all play a big role. From a lobster I ate sitting on…

I Moved to Sri Lanka… For the Third Time

You know it’s hot when your husband strokes your shoulder, but instead of one continuous move it comes out as an odd broken pat because his sweaty palm just won’t slide down your sticky skin gently. Kinda like when as a kid you go down an ice slide on your butt instead of a sled…

Bread and Break-in in San Francisco

It doesn’t look good when a person who is about to go through airport security check starts laughing hysterically for no apparent reason. Even worse, if the person in question doesn’t have any luggage. I mean, who comes to the airport with one brown paper bag as a carry-on item? Only a very suspicious person…

I’ve Been Blogging For Two Years and I Still Don’t Hate It!

“Two years ago I quit my corporate job to travel the world and I never looked back!” is what I wish could write because it sounds so badass. Unlike many travel bloggers, I didn’t quit a job, didn’t jump into abyss without knowing what’s going to happen to me, and didn’t travel to some remote…

48 Hours in Boston: What to Do and Where to Eat

“I guess no true Bostonian would trust a place that was sunny and pleasant all the time. But a gritty, perpetually cold and gloomy neighborhood? Throw in a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts locations, and I’m right at home.”  Rick Riordan I lived near Boston for over a year. I wish I could substitute “in” for…

25 Pictures That Will Make You Wish You Were at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest

What If I said that you can have Franklin’s famous fatty brisket without waiting in line for four hours, then get your hands on the juiciest pork ribs of your life from Snow’s without having to wait till Saturday and drive all the way to Lexington, and afterwards try pretty much every exceptionally great BBQ…

Hook ’em Horns! or My First American Football Game

If there’s one thing I learned from attending a football game between Texas and Oklahoma, it’s that OU sucks! If you are from Oklahoma, I sincerely apologize! If you have no idea what I am talking about, I’ll explain in a bit. I don’t have anything at all against Oklahoma, it just so happened that…

State Fair of Texas: if It’s Not Fried, It’s Not Food

On the morning of Texas State Fair I woke up in a creatively decorated Airbnb in Dallas. Two umbrellas hung from the ceiling over the bed, and an art piece featuring a photo of what looked like a dead (or deeply sleeping) woman was set on the table. The art piece was not unlike Gladys…

The Meaning of Life Can Be Found in a Russian Kitchen

When my best friend and I were 15 and lived in our small town of Asbest (remind me to tell you one day about my sweet little town, the largest producer of asbestos in the world) there was literally no place for us to hang out. Don’t judge my use of “literally” here. I mean…