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

Verona: Marketing from Shakespeare

When Shakespeare wrote his famous play, he could hardly predict that the tragedy of two unhappy lovers would turn into a brilliant marketing campaign and eternal source of income for this small but very beautiful city. Would he be ashamed to see what is happening in a modern Verona? Truly, this town has a lot … Continue reading

Ever Give Me Nots – 7 Worst Presents for Xmas

bad presents

We rarely have a clear idea in mind on what to buy for our beloved ones. Very often our expectations on what they might want have absolutely no connection with the reality. Busy people, and “last-moment-Santas” behold the all-mighty list of things one should never give out for Christmas, unless he deliberately wants to create … Continue reading

Smells That Evoke Feelings

Mandarines

Оn the threshold of Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, I have decided to raise this amusing topic, and collect your opinions on what are the most eloquent smells in the world. I am not talking about unpleasant smells, that are already obvious enough and don’t deserve my precious attention, but of exquisite scents, that … Continue reading

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