GOOD THINGS LIST: NOVEMBER

GOOD THINGS LIST: NOVEMBER

Sometimes life abroad can make you feel sluggish. No friends, no job, you’re basically nobody to the new society. This is why I decided to revive my old rubric, Good Things of the month. The main idea is to teach your brain to focus more on the good and positive things in life. They might be as small as a pizza+Netflix kinda evening or as big as getting a raise. The more you notice the great, the happier you will be and the more pleasant surprises you will get from Life. Or the Universe. Or the Higher Power. However you prefer to call “it”. In this List I will write about 5-10 things that made me happy each and every month. So that before the next one comes, I will re-read everything, realise how cool the previous one was and on this wave of happy thoughts and feeling of achievement slide into the next 30 days.

Here is my list for November 2018.

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YOU NEED TO VISIT THIS LAKE IN SWITZERLAND

YOU NEED TO VISIT THIS LAKE IN SWITZERLAND

Oh Switzerland, the country of my dreams. Once I saw pictures of the magical nature of the Swiss lands, I couldn’t spend a day without wanting to go there and experience everything by myself. Walk down those little paths digging my toes into the fresh green grass. Filling my lungs with crisp mountain air. Eating the magnificent scenery with my eyes and absorbing it with my soul. In the beginning of Fall, Rabin and I booked a couple nights stay in a small hotel in Swiss Alps on our way back home from Austria. Because well, it’s healthy to fulfil you wife’s dreams. You know.😼

Crystal-clear lake hidden between the mountains and shining under the sun in all shades of blue, green and turquoise, Blausee has been on top of my Swiss must-see list for a while. I hope that after this post, it will make it to your list too!

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КАК ПОЛУЧИТЬ ВИЗУ НА ВОССОЕДИЕНИЕ СЕМЬИ В БЕЛЬГИИ

КАК ПОЛУЧИТЬ ВИЗУ НА ВОССОЕДИЕНИЕ СЕМЬИ В БЕЛЬГИИ

Ох эти визы. Туристическая, гостевая, бизнес. Виза для совместного проживания, заключения брака, для воссоединения семьи. Голова кругом. Сегодня я вам расскажу, как же получить последнюю (и не сойти с ума). Долгое время я размышляла, стоит ли это делать, но все же решилась: в интернете информации полно, но она не особо помогает, а на форумах рассказывают такие страшилки, что хочется просто плюнуть на все и спрятаться куда подальше. Как и во всех записях в этом блоге, здесь я буду рассказывать исключительно про свой опыт. Итак, город Антверпен, два разных гражданства в семье, поехали.

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КАК ПЕРЕВОЗИТЬ СОБАКУ В САМОЛЕТЕ

КАК ПЕРЕВОЗИТЬ СОБАКУ В САМОЛЕТЕ

В начале сентября мы с Никой, моим йоркширским терьером, переехали из родной Москвы в бельгийский Антверпен. Перед путешествием я очень волновалась, ведь информация в интернете разнится, а в некоторых инстанциях так и в принципе не могут помочь и еще больше путают. Начитавшись разного, я решила идти напролом и будь что будет. А ветеринары и пограничники возьми да и пропусти нас без проблем. С удовольствием делюсь с вами своим опытом и советами.

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MY GUIDE TO DÜSSELDORF

MY GUIDE TO DÜSSELDORF

Hallo! Another little city guide is here for you, this time from Düsseldorf, Germany. I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend in the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. There is a very special one cozy room in my heart designed for Düsseldorf, and I promise to tell you more about the reasons for it very-very soon. Düsseldorf is just perfect for a weekend getaway or midweek adventure. It’s almost the ideal city trip for anyone because this place has so much to offer.

It’s by no means a comprehensive guide, but a few places to add to your list if you’re ever planning a trip and need some inspiration. Now, let’s jump into that city guide!

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BIRTHDAY GIRL: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ME

Hi guys! I would like to start by saying thank you for all your wonderful Birthday wishes! Words can't describe how much they mean to me! This is my first birthday we celebrate together, so thank you so much again for being so sweet, kind and supportive!

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Today, I wanted to do something different. I thought it’d be nice to introduce myself properly and share some things that you might not know about me!

  1. I was born on a sunny Friday, June 21st, 1991 at 5:25 PM, half paralyzed. My left arm and leg were not moving, and doctors told my Mum I’d never be able to walk or maybe even sit. They should see me crushing 10k obstacle race at Reebok’s festivals! I need to be fair though, sometimes it is still difficult for me to perform some actions with my left arm.

  2. Despite №1, I am originally a leftie, lol. However, my parents forced me to use my right hand as much as possible. Things that I do with my left hand better than with right? Play snooker and shoot. Yup

  3. I’m a lone wolf and don’t have many friends.  The ones I have, I can count them on one hand. So big love to my girls! Love you! I’d love to have a lot of friends though, sometimes I even miss having parties at home and chatting non-stop at my kitchen — although I’ve never really done it (…yeah, I know). Please fren me!

  4. I have a degree in Oriental Studies, mainly focusing on China. I speak Mandarin Chinese and understand a tiny bit of Cantonese and Hakka. I can count, say “I love you” and order bubble tea in Canto. I studied at a university in Beijing and worked in Hong Kong for 4 months. 

  5. I’m really interested in medicine and all the processes in human bodies but I always knew I’d never be accepted by a med school. If I were accepted, I’d become a surgeon or oncologist o_O

  6. I do not eat seafood. No fish, no shrimps, and all that stuff. Yup, and that one thing you’re about to ask too. I just don’t like how it smells and how it tastes. And yes I’ve tried everything, it’s still blah to me. Gimme meat!

  7. I’m one of those people:

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I hit my record of 40k steps in Tokyo this November 

8. I don’t have any tattoos and not planning to get one (but I like them on other people), but I sketched a tat for my old friend. He has an eye peaking from his chest =\ I’ve pierced my tongue when I was 13 or 14 and I still wear it.

9. I was obsessed with football during my school days. We’d watch all games and discuss them afterward, we’d read all magazines and collect photos and information about our favorite players, and I and my friend Polina (aka Polabur) used to own an online community dedicated to CSKA Moscow and Russia national team’s goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev.

10. It might be hard to believe based on my sweet looks (I’m a beauty queen y’all! (Admit it, at least on my birthday)) but I’m actually a huge methead. I can’t help it, I just love myself some loud, heavy and dark music. I grew up on classic rock, then transitioned to J-rock (with a touch of K-pop, ah good old times) and then to folk and pagan metal. We were actually supposed to spend my birthday weekend at GRASPOP Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium but something went wrong xD

 
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*If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. But make sure you also leave a random fact about yourself! :D

 

Photography by Rabin