Two Strange Things to do in Marfa, TX, and One Famously Delicious

If you are Russian you can’t say the name Marfa out loud and not giggle. Marfa is an old-school Russian name that was popular years ago, but nowadays is only used to describe a country bumpkin or a person who’s done something stupid. The Russian name was reason number one to visit. Reason number two…

8 reasons to Fall in Love with Terlingua, Texas

When I was twenty I thought small towns are the worst. Boring, unamusing and almost lethargic. Give me some of that big city buzz, dirty streets, traffic jams and crowds pushing from all directions. I knew it was bad, but it felt so good. At thirty, little towns do not scare me anymore. Lethargic turned into…

Becoming Texan: Learning to Dance Two-Step

Wearing a cowboy hat makes me feel like I am going to a costume party. I have worn all kinds of hats before, but cowboy hat in particular feels like a strange object on my head. Since I set out to become a true Texan, I better get used to it. The hat wouldn’t bother…

The Best You Can Do with 24 Hours in Atlanta

Trying to explore Atlanta in 24 hours might seem like an impossible task. But while Atlanta definitely deserves more than a day, there are a lot of amazing things to do and delicious foods to try even in such a short time frame.  This post is not the ultimate guide to Atlanta and definitely not…

Waiting in Line to Franklin BBQ: Is It Worth It?

 “If one hypothetical Russian lady who loves Texas very much decided she wants to be as Texan as possible, what would she have to do?” I asked my readers and, boy, did they come back to me with some creative answers! From horseback riding to dancing two step to surviving the famous Franklin BBQ line!…

Happiness with a Side of Meatballs

I remember the day I moved to Austin. The 1st of February. The early morning flight from Boston. The snowstorm before taking off, the sunshine upon landing. Renting a car and trying to fit in all the belongings to get to the new home. Stopping on the way to switch Timberlands for Converse, because it’s too damn…

Day Trip from Austin: Lyndon Johnson Ranch in Stonewall, TX

“This is my Ranch and I do as I damn please!” Lyndon B. Johnson “All the world is welcome here” says a sign at the entrance to Lyndon Johnson Ranch. I can’t tell you how refreshing, encouraging and reassuring these simple words sound today, how happy I was to see them in the time of…

How I Spent $17 to Watch 2 hours of Coca-Cola Advertisement

I paid $17 to watch 2 hours of Coca-Cola advertisement, then I went home and, apparently, inspired, made a video and wrote a post about Coca-Cola myself (read: created advertisement) absolutely free of charge. Now that I write it down, it does sound crazy, but visiting World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta was too tempting to…

Best Savannah Souvenirs for the Foodie in You

No souvenir revives memories of my travels better than food. Yes, edible souvenirs have a short life span and will disappear within days after returning home, but they do have magic power to transport me back like no magnet or key chain ever could. I don’t think I need to convince anybody that Savannah is…

2 Days in Philadelphia: What to Do and Where to Eat

On the day I arrived to Philadelphia, the city was hit by a heat wave in the morning, by a horrible thunderstorm in the evening, and – a cherry on top of the cake – it was the first day of Democratic National Convention 2016. How is my timing? Despite the crowds overflowing the streets,…