Shopping Inspiration. The Ultimate Gift Guide

Panic-stricken. Sweaty. Anxious. Hopeless. Helpless. Dizzy. Frustrated. 24th of December and you are squeezing some Christmas shopping into your lunch break.  Conundrum. The one and only Christmas shopping feeling. These are some finds from a vintage art and antiques centre in Nottingham. Sometimes overpriced, but always inspirational. Make something cool this Christmas. Frame a picture. Glue, cut and draw…

For True Lovers of Christmas Sparkle. Black & White Photography

Yesterday I met a very elegant lady. She wore a brooch. A big Christmas tree with stones that the busy store lights made look like disco balls hitting the shore. Like on LSD. The elegant lady told me one could not find these brooches these days. She has had hers for over 30 years and would…

Speak Up When Hurt. Save a Life

I am sitting and crying my heart out. ‘Nice dress. Are you wearing knickers?’ he asks. ‘Excuse me?’ I freeze and look around. All these certificates framing his accomplishments. Am I just being dramatic and making it all up to spice up my life. Then he looks through my file, says I need help and…

Winter Wonderland

I must have been 7 years old when I heard my parents talking about our Christmas presents. They thought I could not understand. They thought Russian was their secret language. My world was crushed. Even though I knew where the presents were coming from, deep down I believed in Father Christmas. I saw that big man…

You Are Mad Not to Believe in Magic

Once upon a time there lived Claus. Claus was loving, kind and jolly. He gave the best hugs in the world. His mulled wine was to die for. He loved to keep himself busy. Christmas mornings Clause spent making future plans. He did not do that to distract himself or fight the loneliness. He did it…

Bright Blue Skies in Moderation

My best friend got a job at the chocolate shop. She loves chocolate. I wonder how long this loving relationship will last. My sister once made me Tiramisu. It was amazing. Once I have had too much I felt sick. A toast with cheese after a painful rice diet made me go to places I have…

When You Always Want More

It is about 15 minutes walk. You will see it on your right. There is no way you can miss it, she said. I am doing as told. My feet is dusty and dirty and I am sweating even from my …. (You don’t need to know that). I keep going. There is nothing that looks…

Do Not Forget To Smile. Angkor Wat

Early morning. My tuk tuk driver picked me up before the sunrise. Big day. A day I was a guest at the very special Angkor Wat, Cambodia. It is easy to get overwhelmed in such surreal places. I like to wander. Not one of those bullet point visitors. I enjoy being in places and not ‘doing’…

The Beauty of Darkness

“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of…

Black and White Smokers at the Airport

My plane got delayed. I snuggled on a reasonably soft armchair with a cup of coffee pretending to read a book. I watched strangers indulge into the joy of smoking. There has always been something mysterious about this territory. A place I have an envy for. This eerie way of relaxing. Imagine this, dear smoker, I…