December 31, 2012

The night is young

The night is young and so are we

Dear blog,

You witnessed all the adventures I had to go through during 2012. I can't even explain how grateful I am for all I experienced. Unfortunately I have to say goodbye to 2012 and leave some things there. Or do I really have to leave them behind?
I tried climbing, horse riding, learnt scuba diving and got my university degree. I traveled twice to America and did several hikes along the Pacific coast. I tried new food, got promoted and learnt new things about myself. And what's more important I lived, I loved and I was happy.

This should be the last post about my American travels in 2012. I miss my friends. Thank you for my this amazing year!

December 20, 2012

The beginning

Some people worry about the world coming to an end tomorrow.

Unfortunately, I am not one of those people.

The idea of the end of the world, or survival against the odds and apocalypctic mayhem - it sounds a bit weird but it fills me with a morbid kind of interest.

Sometimes I even daydream about ways I might survive the apocalypse as I drift off to sleep at night.
And I already have a couple of survival plans.

Maybe normal people don't do this. But the Mayan calendar catastrophe has given me something real to focus my attention on.

And the first thing I think about is of course, my loved ones.
It might sound cheesy but what's the good of surviving the apocalypse if your dearest aren't with you? And where do you want to spend the last day if it was today?

Of course, fortunately, odds are nothing will happen on Friday.

It may be that the world's scientists are right and we really have nothing to fear.

Maybe Friday will be just like any other day.

Or maybe people will just have their personal little end of the world.

But if something still happens don't hesitate to come by.

I might have room for one more person in my ark.

Playlist for the apocalypse

  • REM: It's the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel Fine)
  • Europe: The Final Countdown
  • Barry McGuire: Eve of Destruction
  • Muse: Apocalypse Please
  • U2: Until the End of the World

November 30, 2012

forever or not

The days slowly get shorter while I take out my sweaters packed away since April. It's snowing today and I'm home alone writing this little story thinking about lots of different things. 

There are 1,001 ways to describe the heady sensation that comes with seeing a place for the first time. It's what gets travel enthusiasts hooked on travel. If it's been a while since you've felt the traveler's high, you're probably long overdue for a real adventure.

So every now and then the life gives me some surprises. Sometimes it's something material, but the greatest things I've got are just about emotions. I love my life for some opportunities I've got and here is one of them.

I was lucky to see Oregon again for the most amazing time of the year, when orange, red, green and grey colours made it incredibly beautiful.  I'll never forget the smell of salty water on the Oregon coast which is always beautiful regardless the season. You can show up just about anywhere in Oregon blindfolded, open your eyes and find something to do in a matter of minutes. And that's what I mostly love about it.

Of course There were little ups and downs during the trip like falling off the tree but the things like first ever s'mores, first scuba dive in the Washington state and first ever Halloween made me entirely happy.

I'm at this point in my life now when I want to try as many new things as I can but also I want to be a little more concerned about the future. It drives me crazy when I don't know what's going next and whether I end up being happy or not. But I've realised that maybe when I don't know future these little things make me even more happy when I receive them. Paradox? 

Let's just stick to something that makes me happy. Even if it's not forever. 

Here are some snapshots of what made me happy this October.

Oregon. Washington. Arizona.

October 6, 2012

Summer snow

I probably didn't have enough time to write my stories because I was trying to participate. But there are moments when I just want to share everything what I've seen and experienced. I wish that all the people I love and care about could have been there and seen everything with me. But as much as I like to write I just want to show my pictures so that way my friends would get the whole idea of how happy I was at the moment.
These moments are not stories. This is happening. 

July, 2012

Mount Hood

Thoughts and birds

Every day passes by and only today I realised that it's October already. If days keep going so fast Christmas will come sooner than we'd all expect. It's rainy and cold today but for some reason I'm enjoying it at the moment. And even I have hundreds of things planned I'm procrastinating by writing two more blog posts today.
 A month ago I was lucky to take pictures of a very beautiful wedding. And as a part of the entertaining we went to "the Birds Park". I haven't been there before because it is 200 km from Moscow so I was amazed as soon as we got there. For some people it might be even more entertaining than a Zoo and I was probably enjoying it more than anyone else. Because these little creatures turn out to be very good posers :)

September 9, 2012

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

I miss my summer time. It was so hot to hike around the Smith Rock that day but it was probably the best thing I've done during trip. Oh wait, we the caves were amazing as well. And I can't stop thinking about getting back to the Pacific what was the best thing I've done then? *wink*

Recently I've been asking myself a question "why?". Why I do this or that. But after days like these I don't want to think about what's coming next. I just want to enjoy what's going on at the moment. Like a little butterfly who has only this one day to be happy. To be happy and enjoy sunshine. 

My mom said that today is a good day to make a wish. And my mom is usually right.