Category Archives: Asia

Baku: brand signature

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Heydar Aliyev Cente in Baku, made by Zaha Hadid. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

I never wanted to go to Baku, until Zaha Hadid created her statement building in Azerbaijan’s capital. The futuristic construction situated not in the very center. But it makes people travel out of the historical part, also beyond Soviet way of thinking.  Continue reading

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Shenyang: who let the dogs eat?

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Shenyang, Xita street. Photo: Natalia Maiboroda

“No dog, please!” – I asked my waiter in the restaurant. I showed her hieroglyph to make sure they will not cook a dog for me. The waiter smiled and opened the menu. Every single meal on the page contained familiar character. Continue reading

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Beijing: future is today

Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda.

You don’t need a space machine to travel in time. Take Beijing metro (Line 2 or Line 6) and head to Chaoyangmen station. Just at the exit you will face the future.

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The sunrise in Istanbul

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Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

The Istanbul’ sky must be cut with planes. This thought stroke me when we landed, while watching numerous flight lights from my cabin window. The air traffic is so massive here. But you don’t notice any cuts in the sky in the city. Maybe because the sky is the last you notice when wondering in labyrinth of narrow streets. Even standing on the bridge your attention is focused on Bosphorus – always busy with boat traffic. But not with sky. Continue reading

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Tonle Sap: Big fish

If the main character of Tim Burton’s film, played by Ewan McGregor, came to the biggest lake in Cambodia, he would definately catch extremely big fish or even an aligator. At least locals told me that when it is a rain season, an agressive reptile is most likely to be fished. With this optimistic note, our small boat drifted inside red waters to see how cambodian ”Venice” looks like.  Continue reading

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Baikal: chipmunks in jungles.

The deepest lake in the world (1642 m) had been flurrying my imagination since I first heard its name. According to Mongolian language, Baikal means ”big lake’, so no wonder everyone here call it ”sea”. It has a smell and a scale of a sea, also impressive waves, but its waters are surprisingly fresh. While backpacking we found that out, quenched in the largest natural reservoir of fresh water. Continue reading

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Hong Kong: New Year, new life

 

This time we wanted to avoid New year craziness. So we were thinking about China, where they celebrate this holiday not on 31th of December, but later. But emotionally we were not ready yet for such an exotics. The answer came out spontaneously – Hong Kong! It is Asian enough, too modern to feel like a stranger and too English to be lost in translation. But who could think that this celebration I would never forget.
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Istanbul – a trip between two continents

Istanbul was my Birthday present from my boyfriend. We had there 5 days, but this time I would like to mention only the birthday itself. We did something in Istanbul that is just impossible to do anywhere else. We made a trip from Europe to Asia in one hour and jumped in 5th century. Continue reading

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