I’m very thankful for this September; it’s been full of interesting people, places and surprises. As always I had a hard time choosing only 9 photos to summarize the past month. Between painting the flat and sanding windows (never ever again…) I had a chance to visit the house of English textile designer William Morris. The famous Red House was amazing and I again gave myself a promise to do more stuff like that… will see! My UK Bucket List keeps me on track with all the things I want to do while here. I recommend everyone to come up with something similar because when you are not a tourist it can be very tempting to be lazy and postpone sightseeing. The best moment of the month was my birthday which was a joint celebration together with my friend who came a day earlier than planned. This was the first time in my life when somebody organized a proper surprise for me and I was basically on cloud nine! It was a four days celebration that finished in a courtyard techno club on Brick Lane (something that I would not have expected to do this year). I also went to…

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In August I started a new project for myself – UK Bucket List. The idea is to motivate myself to explore London and the UK more while there is a dangerous possibility to postpone everything to the last moment. To my surprise this initiative was supported by my friends (and even colleagues) and we teamed up to tick off the boxes from my list together. I have finally visited Lavender farm in London as well as Buckingham Palace – something I had been thinking about for 2 years. We spend half a day taking photos in lavender which you can check here. I’m also constantly trying to overcome my fear of the heights, that’s why I force myself to go the skyscrapers where possible. So far no results, I still feel dizzy every time I go up. But I simply couldn’t miss this view of London from Duck&Waffle (as well any other opportunity to take photo of London from above). August ended with a  nice weather and a wedding  party on one of the beaches of Cornwall – an amazing place in the South West of England. We had to wait a few hours for a tide to go out…

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It was July when I realized I still hadn’t done certain things in London (and in this country) I wanted since I got here. In panic I drafted UK Bucket list: 80 Places To Go, Things To Do And Food To Try and exhaled with a relief – now I have a plan!  I believe that when you write things down, whether it’s a plan or a dream, it becomes more real and achievable. Two days later I have already ticked 2 boxes off the list, which was really unexpected as I didn’t plan it at all – I finally watched a play in Shakespear’s Globe Theatre (“Macbeth”) and had a well-known Sunday roast. Learning point number one – write down everything you want to do. I’m an old school girl; I have a pocket size notebook where I write important things and ‘to do’ lists. It’s always with me whenever I need it. Later in the month I got on a plane and went home for a holiday. As always it was very intense because there are too many good people to meet and catch up with.  Saint Petersburg in summer is simply amazing. I haven’t been home for…

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We are still in the middle of never ending decoration of our flat (‘remont‘ in Russian). At some point I stopped worrying about finishing it as soon as possible and spending every weekend on it. In June we only did a small progress and this is why: Weekend in Prague to attend a wedding of our friends. I once spent a month there (10 years ago actually) and it felt so good to come back again. We had a little time to explore the city, but I had a chance to check the bar/club where I used to go back in that time. I was really surprised to find same barmen still working there (to my friend Katya – yes, we went to Bombay, ha!). Blogtacular conference for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. I went there last year and it gave me motivation and confidence to start this blog. This year keynote speakers were artist and author Lisa Condon and one of the first employees on Pinterest Enid Hwang. Both were very inspirational about being a creative person and gave me a lot of food for thoughts. I learned a new phrase in English describing what I thought only I experience all…

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At the beginning of the month I was walking home on Kings Road when I saw people gathering at front of Saatchi Gallery. I knew there was an exhibition about to open so I stopped to check what was going on. Apparently Rolling Stones were coming and band’s fans came to say hello. This is The thing in London – to meet somebody famous. I’m sure I’ve met already somebody, I just never recognize them. Anyway, I don’t really care about it that much (I only want to meet Hugh Grant and Jude Law in London haha) I had relatively free evening that day so I stayed. To make a long story short, now I can tick the box in some imaginary list of things I have to do until I’m X years old – ‘To have a selfie with Mick Jagger’. By the way, the exhibition is on till 4th of September, if you are interested. But I’ve shifted away from the most important moment of April – Launch of my very own London Photo Guide. I still can’t believe I realized an idea I got about 7 months ago into a real 47 page ebook. I’d been running…

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Here is my monthly update in 9 photos from my Instagram feed. I like to keep my memories in such a way, so preparing a post in this category brings me a lot of joy and self reflection at the same time. I knew March would be crazy because I planned a LOT. And it went really quickly. One of the main ‘projects’ I had been working on for a few months was to organize a holiday for my parents in the UK. I call it a project because it involved a lot of work, especially coordinating visa process from London (we Russians need visa to the UK and it’s like a pain somewhere… you  know).  So now they can tell their friends stories about how they were almost blown away from Seven Sisters cliffs, were standing half a way in overcrowded train to Scotland and how beautiful Highlands are. When I was talking about ‘Why I love Instagram without taking endless selfies‘ I mentioned @welovetobrunch  – a meeting of Instagramers for a brunch followed by a photo walk. And ta-daaaa I got in this time and it was amazing! (try to find me here). We spent around 5 hours…

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Winter is over (only on a calendar) and it’s time to sum up February in 9 pictures. If I was to describe February in just one word it would be ‘Cold‘. It’s been bloody cold! But it seems that magnolias are fine with such weather and have decided to start blooming all around the city. And it’s only the beginning! Despite the weather I started to explore Brixton. It’s just 20 min walking distance from my home and such a London place! There is a local market with cheap flowers, a lot of places to go for a drink or lunch (like Brixton Village) and more. Brixton village is a covered market with food, restaurants and shops. I went there twice for a weekend brunch and the main advice will be to get there at 10 am. Later it will be filled with locals and tourists – it’s becoming very popular. In February I planned to spend every weekend going out to explore London for London Photography Guide, but most of the time it was raining. I love you, London <3 … Anyway, when one morning I woke because of the sun I literally ran outside to take photos of…

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What, is it February already?? At the beginning of the year everybody was praying to get it through to February as soon as possible and here we are. 1st of January, 00:01, club in Brixton. I didn’t make any wishes and didn’t think about New Year resolutions. And I should say it feels so good! It’s not like I have nothing planned, it’s just taking it easy and without a pressure. Anyway, in January I had a spontaneous trip to Belgium where I realized how I had missed Europe! We went to a nice small town Brugge for a day trip. It really looks like from a fairy tale story – small, cute and beautiful! Back to London. The weather had been crazy and we had trees starting to bloom in the mid of January! I’m so looking forward to the next 2 months, London will look like a big blooming garden and I can’t describe how beautiful it will be. Stay tuned on Instagram. Another almost spontaneous thing was a holiday in Austrian Alps. Seven days in the mountains were refreshing, we burnt a lot of calories on the slopes and the rest was just lazy time spending.  Amazing …

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