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Moscow: the African Renaissance


Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

It is not easy to enter this mansion, located in the center of Moscow. Because this place is owned by Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Which means that without a permission you are not welcome. But I did all the bureaucratic work for you. So now you can make a virtual excursion inside one of the coolest houses in Moscow.     Continue reading

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Sochi: Christmas mood


Caucasus, Russia. Photo by Natalia Maiboroda

It is hot in Moscow. In Saint-Petersburg, where I will celebrate New Year 2017, it is raining. In Alps there is no snow. If your Christmas mood depends on the weather, like my mood, you should go to Sochi.  Continue reading

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Moscow: into the wild emotions


South Sandwich Islands. Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) on an iceberg located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. 2009. Photograph by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images

The word “genesis” means origin. In the first book of the biblical scriptures called “The book of Genesis”, this term refer to creation of the Earth. Legendary Magnum photographer Sebastiao Salgado called his exhibition “Genesis” to show us Earth like it used to be in old times. With his work he makes us back to the roots. But isolated places on Salgado’s photographs do not scare with its wildness. For me they rather reflect the background of Brazilian-born photographer – pure and emotional.

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Nizhny Novgorod: hero of the fete.

The 4th of November – a day to remember. At least in Russia. Some people can’t remember what exactly they celebrate nowadays (Unity Day). Just because before the feast had another date – 7th of November – and was dedicated to  October revolution. This celebration survived Soviet Union, yet was finally abandonded. As long as people got used to November holidays, state historians burried into “this day in histroy” statistics and found out that … in the beginning of 17th century it was in this autumn month that Russia firstly overcame long period of anarchy and state degradation. So, since 2004 National Unity Day has been celebrated on the 4th of November. Another official holiday in Russia needs to be spent somewhere, but not in Moscow. So we choose to travel to the birth place of super model Natalia Vodyanova – Nizhny Novgorod. And what a symbolic trip it was! 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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Moscow: The chances are.

I have a friend who wouldn’t dare to live or even visit Moscow. He always finds a reason to skip a trip to Russian capital. And he has been doing it successfully for over 40 years. I also was this kind of person. Thinking about Moscow, I imagine something crowded, grand and red. The same feeling I had about National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. While I was denying a single chance of studying there, a destiny had its own opinion and made me a student of “red University”. I am afraid the history is repeating, but instead of University, Moscow joins my game this time . What are my chances to win? Continue reading

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Saint-Petersburg is not a Venice.

How many times did you hear that St. Petersburg is Russian Venice? At least I noticed such a statement in dozen articles. But after living a year in St. Pete I realized how different it is from Italian city. North beats South, or 10 differences between Venice and so-called Venice: Continue reading

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Kamchatka: hits and hints.


Kamchatka sounds as far as it is. My plane flew 8 hours eastwards to the wild Russian peninsula.  This land of volcanoes hit and surprised me. Those are Kamchatka’s hits, that amazed and shocked me at the same time.

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