I was reading today yet another love yourself self-help type of article advertising “Conversation with Self: Embrace Yourself” book, and I thought to myself – Why do we need so much literature teaching us on how to be happy? Why do we need a reason to be happy? God, I wish I was a cat or a dog, or some other creature that...
Cape Breton is an island on the Atlantic cost of Nova Scotia. It’s Canada’s 18th largest island, though you probably could drive around the whole island in a day or two. In about 3 hours we’ve got from the mainland up to Cheticamp, a fishing village on the west side of the Camp Breton. Locals told us that the drive is the...
I was asked many times, since I moved to Canada “What was it like growing up under totalitarian regime in Russia?”. The first time I’ve heard this question, I probably had a puzzled look on my face. I just never thought of my childhood in that way. Well, what can I say? It was fine. It was more than fine. It was great!...
I went to Varadero, Cuba with my brother in March 2012 for a week. It was first trip to Cuba for both of us. Here are my notes from this trip.
Cuba day 1 – Sunday
By chance, we were riding to the airport with a Russian cab driver, who previously lived in Cuba for 6 years. Strange coincidence.Read More
I was walking this morning to work, well, almost running, as usual, when I saw this cute older couple walking slowing in front of me. I slowed down too and was observing them for a bit. What got my attention is how the two were holding their hands, while walking. I noticed how carefully the gentlemen was holding his lady’s hand. Even from seeing their backs, you could feel that they still love and care for each other a lot.Read More
This summer I decided not to go far for my vacation, but to do something locally. I lived in Northern Ontario for four years before, so I know there is a lot to explore here.
Deerhurst Resort was founded in 1896 in Muskoka, one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. It’s about two hours away from Toronto and minutes from the Algonquin National Park.Read More
In February me and my brother took my mom to Bermuda to celebrate her 70th birthday. This was our first trip to Bermuda and also our first family trip.
We stayed at Grotto Bay Resort, a well-groomed and quiet place located about 10 mins away from the airport.
There are a few brightly-colored cottages scattered over a large manicured area with palm trees and gardens, as well as two crystal caves located right on the property.Read More
When I was younger growing up in Russia, I had this ideal, almost naive, view of the world where good always defeats evil, everything is fair, everybody is perfect and eventually finds their true love.
This view was partially shaped by the books I read in high school (“Crime and Punishment” etc.), teaching methods in school at that time (We were encouraged to strive for perfection) and because of my overall sheltered childhood.Read More
I am one of those people who love taking photos of food. It’s kind of silly, I know. But to me, those are the happiest and fun moments spent with friends and family – times when you are cooking together or trying out new restaurants, but always having a good time.
Food somehow brings us together and makes us happy.Read More