My dearest readers (if there are any :D), you may (or may not) be wondering why I’ve been absent for a while. Let me reassure you that I am alive (so far) and doing well.
This month has been extremely busy at work, home and my life in general. Ramadan is just around the corner, and everyone is trying to fix/close/pay everything before it starts. My boyfriend has been away for most of the month which leaves me alone with my dog whom I have to take care of. My mom was visiting which added lots of stress and late nights… For me, May has flown by in one blink of an eye.
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I love summer because you get to wear fun things, experiment, travel and enjoy the sun (although it is a bit different here in Dubai). There are few things that you MUST have to make it more fun & memorable. And guess what? I’ve made a list for you.
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Are you one of those people who want to stay and eat healthy but cannot afford (or simply don’t want to) buy expensive organic products. The other day I had an argument with a friend of mine who said: “organic food is not THAT expensive – it’s only a few bucks more than what you normally pay”. Yes. Few bucks PER ITEM. At the end of your shopping, it’s more than 50 bucks (if not more). It might not seem much at the time, but it does affect your monthly budget.
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Summer in Dubai (or the Middle East in general) is a (pardon me) pain in the ass! It’s too hot, it’s too humid – it is impossible to be outside for more than 5 minutes. The temperature gets as high as 50 degrees, the sun is burning your skin, and you have to change and take shower at least 4 times a day. Yup. That’s what Summer is like in here.
My first summer in Dubai I honestly thought I’d die. It was that bad. The temperature begins to rise in May and only gets worse until about end of September when it finally starts cooling down. It is my second summer here and, trust me, I don’t feel any better.
Throughout my first experience being all sweaty, disgusting and burnt, I have learned a lot. So even though this summer I am still not feeling comfortable at all with crazy high temperature and humidity, there are few things that help me survive.
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Being Russian, I get asked TONS of questions. Some of them are absolutely ridiculous like “Do you drink Vodka for breakfast?” or “Why are you wearing a hat and scarf? Aren’t you Russian?” Some of them are weird like “Is it true that Russian bears play Balalaika?” And some of them are normal questions that I am always happy to answer.
Since starting this blog, I came across many people who’ve asked me for advice on what is the best time to visit Russia and, honestly, it depends on you and what you expect from your trip.
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Hello. My name is Daria and I am an Apple Pie Addict.
If you are like me – a little (not really a little) apple pie lover, I have good news for you – I HAVE FOUND THE EASIEST RECIPE and I am going to share it with you. So we get fat together (who cares, it’s an apple pie we are talking about).
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You may not know this but May 9th is one of the most celebrated holidays in Russia. It’s the day that commemorates the victory of Soviet Union (USSR) over Nazi Germany.
It is indeed a bittersweet day.
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Writing became my obsession at the age of 12. I used to write tons of stories, mostly novels, but also short stories about friendships, tough times at school and how to get the attention of the boy you like. I stopped writing in college simply because I didn’t have time and was too busy partying & studying (mostly partying, but studying too).
I came back to it and made a Tumblr page shortly after graduating. That was sort of a Blog where I would just write about things once in a while… When I finally got my life together here in Dubai, I created this Blog. Surprisingly (or not?), my friends kept pushing me telling me they really enjoy reading it and that I shouldn’t stop. One of them even suggested I inserted my picture as a logo, so people know who Daria is. But I had a better idea…
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Dubai is the place to visit and should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s the city that’s been built for a short period of time and has an infrastructure that you’ve never seen before.
Of course, everyone knows about the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa and the most luxurious Hotel – Burj Al Arab. You’ve probably also heard about fountains, JBR beach and other touristy places that you see in all Guide Books out there.
Well let me tell you, there are much more places/things to see/do that you have no idea about. So next time, you are in Dubai, take my list. It’s a combination of places you must visit.
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“Bodies can be beautiful in all shapes and sizes”
This is officially my favorite Holiday 😀 International No Diet Day is celebrated on May 6th and represents a journey (almost) half way into a year. So all of you making those New Years resolutions about “getting fit” or “losing weight” or “going to the gym more” – it’s time to look at your progress.
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