The End of the World As I Knew It

“It’s not like anything I imagined,” is the best thought that can run through your mind upon arrival to a new country. It’s scary, promising, and exactly what I thought to myself after landing in Colombo. Standing outside in my figure-hugging pink dress and high heels, I could almost physically feel the realization, that I…

What Is the One Word that Describes USA?

One word that in my mind best describes USA is the word “comfort”. You would think I am going to say “freedom” or “democracy” but it really is “comfort” for me. I also think that it might be hard to understand for those who were born and raised in this country because you grew up…

Big Move to Texas and Current Favorite Coffee Spot

When you say that you are moving to Austin, Texas, you generally get two different types of reaction. From Americans and people who live in USA: “Awesome, Austin is such a cool and hip place”. From your friends and family abroad: “Texas? Are you going to live on a ranch and hangout with cowboys?” I…

Ice Cream, Ocean and Memories in the City of Myrtle Beach

This New Year for me was a new start and a throw back in time simultaneously. I greeted 2016 in the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Many of you might know it as a popular vacation destination on Atlantic coast. For me, however, this town was the first glimpse of America. I was 19 years…

Why Christmas in Russia Is Celebrated on January 7th?

In the time of winter holidays the two most common questions I get are “Why New Year in Russia is more popular than Christmas?” and “Why Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th?” I tried my best to give an answer to the first question in my blog post here. Now is the time…

9 Things You Should Know About Russian New Year

With New Year just around the corner I thought I will share with you some of Russian New Year traditions! I have already explained why New Year is way bigger and more popular in Russia than Christmas, so the excitement and anticipation are almost at its peak these days. If you are willing to celebrate upcoming year…

Why Is New Year More Popular Than Christmas in Russia?

While for most of the world Christmas craze is finally over and you can breathe a sigh of relief, for most of Russians the whole shopping-till-you drop, cooking-so-much-it’s-enough-for-the-next-two-weeks, and getting-a-nervous-breakdown-in-the-last-days-rush experience is still ahead of them. Are you wondering why? The answer is simple and shocking to those of you who have never been to…