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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Traffic is a killer

Traffic is an unbelievable problem here. After having driven a car in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, I thought I was prepared for narrow roads, weird signs, roundabouts, and all other quirks of the Old World driving. True, very little of my vacation driving was within boundaries of major cities. Still, I had no idea that

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From boxes to bidet

Never having to move out of a house, we never had to deal with so much stuff coming into a house… The last few days have been spent on unpacking and trying to find places for our numerous personal effects. There are about 20 boxes that we still need to go through, primarily clothes. Time

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An eventful week

It’s only Thursday, but this week turns out to be way too exciting. I guess starting on a great note on Sunday (see Brighton) gave the week a push of sorts… Ok, ok, in England the week starts on Monday, but you know what I mean… First of all, the New Jersey house that we

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Perfect day in Brighton

What comes to mind when you hear the word Brighton? Restaurant Татьяна, matrones in fur coats walking to a grocery store, pensioners and kids mingling all over boardwalk, Russian мат… We beg to differ. The original Brighton – there is no doubt in our minds that it gave the name to Brooklyn seafront – is

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Ships and fireworks

Going strong! For the second weekend in a row, we, true to our purpose, explore the new environs. Can we keep it up? The kids must be having second thoughts, for sure… Watch this space! Today we decided not to travel all the way to the city, but instead visit Greenwich, which we live practically

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Getting on with routine…

I remember that when I first came to America, I used to literally write at least one letter a day to many of my friends in Russia. After a while, that exercise became less and less important, I started to skip days, then weeks, and then – in probably 7 or 8 months – stopped

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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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