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Her Country Was a Poor Relation

When meeting new people my boyfriend and I are often asked where we’re from, and it always follows the same scenario. It goes like that: Stranger: Where are you from guys? Me: I’m from Latvia. Stranger: Ah, okay… *looking bored My bf: I’m from Spain. Stranger: Oh, really? *looking interested, the tone of voice changes from boringly polite to overly … Continue reading

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Shopping for Feelings: How a Bad Mirror Can Teach you Good Marketing

A funny thing happened to me last Spring. I was going shopping for a new coat, but I couldn’t find the one I truly liked. You know the drill? You are looking for something very particular, but it essentially exists only in your own imagination. There is an old Russian movie where the main protagonist … Continue reading

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What it Feels Like For a Girl – 5 Reasons Why Being a Woman is More Difficult Than Being a Woman

Have you ever seriously considered changing your gender? Don’t get me wrong, I am proud to be a lady. But in every year there are crazy days when you wake up in despair, and just for a moment wish to step into the man’s shoes. Why? Because being a woman is bloody complicated! Of course, … Continue reading

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Santa vs. Father Frost

It might come as a surprise, but people in Russia do not celebrate Christmas on the 25th. Why? Partially, because of the Orthodox Church that sticks Christ’s birth to the 7th of January, according to the older (Julian) calendar. Partially, because of the Communists. Back in the days religion was prohibited, and people could hardly … Continue reading

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Why Russians Are Not Polar Bears

While I am shrugging from freezing wind outside the office, my colleagues are asking again, “How is it possible that you are cold? Aren’t you Russian?” The first time I stumbled upon this curious stereotype, it just made me laugh, now it makes me wonder… Do people honestly think that we grow some kind of … Continue reading

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Why Friendship is Served Cold

“I remembered the fox. One runs the risk of crying a bit if one allows oneself to be tamed.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince People regularly talk about the importance of first love, but often underestimate the value of first, and long-lasting friendship. Nevertheless, it is still affecting our daily lives a great … Continue reading

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In the Mood for Chocolate

Chocolate Festival at South Bank, London (08-10.12.2012) There is a growing tendency to organise different kinds of selling activities, such as fairs and open-air markets and call it a festival. Perhaps, because it sounds better, is associated with fun, and doesn’t directly refer to spending money. Particularly, when the advertising boldly claims “Free admission”. In reality, beyond … Continue reading

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A Moment with Myself

“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake. Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry Why do we so rarely take time to spend it on the most valuable thing on this planet – yourself? Why there is … Continue reading

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Delivery From Hell: Shipping – Screw 3

Does shopping online make your life more comfortable? That is a strange question, you might think. Why wouldn’t it? Its benefits are beyond doubts. Any important purchase, or grocery shopping can be performed with a single move of the finger, sitting in your pyjamas away from crowded shopping malls. However, very often something that was supposed to make our life … Continue reading

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Delivery From Hell: You Were Not at Home – Screw 2

Does shopping online make your life more comfortable? That is a strange question, you might think. Why wouldn’t it? Its benefits are beyond doubts. Any important purchase, or grocery shopping can be performed with a single move of the finger, sitting in your pyjamas away from crowded shopping malls. However, very often something that was supposed to make … Continue reading

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