When a stranger asks “Where are you from?”

When a stranger asks “Where are you from?” the question makes me tense and uncomfortable. I am not ashamed of my origin. I love my home country – Latvia – with its untamed wild nature, fragrant pine forests, full of pure unpolluted oxygen, and beautiful little lakes that provide a perfect place to chill on … Continue reading

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

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

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

[Gotye Live] There Is More Than One Song to It

Gotye Hypnotises the Audience at HMV Apollo, London A couple of days ago I proudly announced to my colleagues that I am going to Gotye concert. – Wow! That’s cool. But, do they have any other songs apart from that “Somebody… something”?? the common reply was. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, that people are … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Art…

Dear art fans, I hope you have not yet fallen into hibernation, and are ready to assess my humble collection of art events. Realists, I am calling to you! Check out the most shockingly genuine exhibition of the year: 1. The Reverse Side of the Industrial World in Art Those, who prefer something more extravagant, … Continue reading

Why I Do NOT Write? What Prevents Writers From Creating Masterpieces?

The passion for writing has been praised multiple times by many different people. Starting with G. Orwell famous essay on “Why I Write“, people involved in this noble, but often ungrateful cause were eager to justify their reasons on what makes them express their souls on paper (and now more often in digital form). I … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Being Multilingual

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Everybody knows that speaking several languages is an advantage. Being multilingual was always considered to be a form of wit. However, rarely anyone questions its benefits. Are there any unpleasant consequences of being multilingual, and can it have any negative impact on your life? Let’s try to answer these questions, and discover what lies underneath the … Continue reading

Hello My Name is No: A Bitchslap to the Modern Society

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Among all the European cities, paying the credit to the contemporary art, Barcelona is one of the greatest. Someday, wandering around, and searching for such big names as Gaudi and Dali, you will suddenly stumble upon a real jewel of art. You will open your mouth in admiration, and utter, “This is it!” For me, … Continue reading

The Reverse Side of the Industrial World in Art

Shocking material from the Photographers’ Gallery displaying the reverse side of the medal in vehicles industry. When you go to the gallery, it is always nice to see beautiful roses and sunsets. But, this time be prepared to something completely different. Recently opened Photographers’ Gallery has undertaken a powerful start with a number of significant … Continue reading

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