There is something about vintage shops that attracts me – the sweet memories of childhood full of new discoveries, a connection with the past when things were very different and that tiny feeling of nostalgia. Vintage shops make me reflect about what people valued in a past comparing to insane time of consumerism nowadays. In the middle of Soho I stumbled upon ‘Vintage Magazine Shop‘ which I couldn’t ignore. Interestingly, even though Russia is very different from England, the atmosphere of last century in the shop was as I remembered it back home. The only difference is the language on vintage posters – English. Passing by the shelves with old magazines and postcards I remembered how my old brother and I would find the first chewing gum in the town we lived in – ‘Turbo‘. The most interesting part was to unfold it and check what insert you got. Then there would be a debate who should keep it, and I would always loose…  Then there was a ‘Love is’ mania and perhaps the beginning of scrapbooking in a form of collecting all the inserts in one notebook. When I’m in such places I would always try to imagine how…

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Last time I lived abroad I fell into the usual trap when you postpone all sightseeing (museums in particular) until the very last moment when it’s time to pack up and leave. In my last 2 weeks in Hungary I visited more places than in entire year before. I already see the same thing happening to me here in London. This time it is a bit trickier as I moved here indefinitely but at the same time I know I won’t stay here forever. So the question is whether to plan to see stuff now or relax and enjoy everyday moments. I was in Soho on Saturday when my friend Tanya called me and made it inevitable to go to National Portrait Gallery. Yeay! On my way to our meeting point I passed this very unique Italian delicatessen Lina Stores, which I immediately decided to share on the blog. It surprised me to discover that it’s been there for about 70 years! And the same family still runs this place. Believe me, it’s pasta heaven – all shapes and types! I always knew Italian cuisine was one of the best in the world with carefully selected jars, sauces and sweets…

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