Favorite pictures

Take a look at the selection of my favorite shots from around the world and click through to my extensive galleries on Flickr.

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Destinations around the world

My personal count of visited sites on UNESCO World Heritage list is over a hundred and will continue to grow.

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What I Use

I am not a big believer that expensive photo equipment makes you a better photographer but I believe in the power of post-processing.

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Strange games and more car suffering

I watched an unfamiliar billiards game on TV today – hold you jokes, I only have five channels to select from (one of those keeps running some documentaries about deer – !?!?), there is very little to choose from… The game is called Snooker, which sounds familiar, for some reason. There are many balls of

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If I’d only chose the day…

I’m back from my old life into the new one. Jet lag is not so bad when traveling eastward, plus I uncharacteristically managed a couple of hours of shut-eye on the plane. But going to bed early today is definitely the sensible thing to do, so I’ll be brief. The trip home was fantastic. Being

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Stupid credit history

Sometimes, things come up that you have not really considered when you thought through various pros and cons of a potential life-altering decision (such as starting a new life abroad). When they do, you feel stupid on multiple levels. Stupid, because you did not consider them in the first place. Stupid, because you feel that

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A lonely traveller

Everyone knows why we are doing it, right? I mean the London move. It’s because we want to be able to travel around Europe with more ease than is possible while living Stateside. Should I be at all concerned then that it has been two weeks and I went into the city for the first

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A day of firsts (plus a bit more about cars)

Saturday was again spent on the run, and it was certainly a day of several firsts. I had my first full-day experience of using public transportation in suburban London. The atlas provided to me by the relocation agency keeps proving invaluable, plus I printed out several potential itineraries from the London Tube website (it is

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Cars, cars…

Driving on the left side of the road is not hard after all. After a couple of hours, I was still struggling with the turn signal and wiper handles being on the wrong side (they are positioned correctly – from my US-centric perspective – in newer cars), and had to catch myself a couple of

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Commuting pains

Nothing to speak of as far as adventures are concerned, so here is a quick update on how commuting works out. First commute from the office was rather a disaster. I stayed in the office quite late, then left without checking the schedule. Subway ride was a few minutes slower than expected, and when I

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Our new house

First commute took 55 minutes on the way in – but I came to the station good 10 minutes earlier than the next scheduled train. Once I start properly timing it, it should be closer to 45. All the way standing, though, – not a single vacant seat on either commuter train or subway. Let’s

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First full day

Well, we are now officially the proud renters of a nice house in Southeast London. The first full day as an England resident started with several mishaps. First, I went to the offices to check emails and get some stuff mailed to me at the office address, and found out that I am actually sitting

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Farewells are hard…

I am doing it for the second time in my life. The times are obviously different, I am older, wiser – or so I hope – and wealthier than I was the first time I moved to live in a different country. It appears that there is both good and bad in comparing this emigration

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So, what’s the plan?

I am officially on UK payroll effective October 1st. We have our work-permit visas, we found a very nice place to rent in London suburbia, our own house is on the market, we already sold one of our cars and some other house stuff and even held a garage sale – I guess, we are

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A little background

For those of you, who know us well, feel free to skip this post. For the uninitiated, here is the context: My wife and I are relocating to England. We have spent the last 15 years of our life in the great United States of America, became rather assimilated (I am a rare Russian-American who

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Welcome

I guess for the very first post of mine I should warmly welcome all readers and wax eloquent on the subject of how this blog might change the world… Nah!!! If all goes as planned, this first post will be buried under a ton of others. Or not, and this little project of mine will

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