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Twin Cities

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In winter Minneapolis is cold and windy but feels really nice, Minnesota ice is everywhere pure and white. The city is planned with such precision, you can’t believe it, downtown is glam and glitzy. European influence is obvious when you dive into architecture, fashion and taste. They say it’s multinational and I can tell it should be really appealing to many. Rivers and lakes make it even better especially in summer, I bet you can easily find the place to hike there. Otherwise, parks and gardens in the twin cities will come in handy to cool and shade a tired tourist.

Busy streets and skyways make it the city of the future, at least you hope to come back one day to love it even more. Maybe in warm season when not only it’s beautiful but also walkable. Can you imagine trying to wander every single street and enjoy being a part of the promising city life? Might be a bit scary at night but still fun. Music scene has a lot to offer, culture and art are there to suit any taste. Dine in every single café you liked and peek into majestic churches and cathedrals just for a second. You might discover a new world! 

My dream is to visit more American icons like Chicago and LA. Will they be all the same or not? Stunning architecture, fancy shops, beautiful people… You probably have to stay for a week or two to really feel the atmosphere. Seattle is another place I want to visit one day, I wish we had this kind of freedom… travel always brings the sense of adventure, it’s like a gust of wind in the face that brings you back to life. You look around with your eyes wide open and never stop wondering…

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Suzy

The week was full of fun. People, places, pleasures… Glamorous life of a young celebrity is everybody’s dream you would think, but she wasn’t really impressed by gifts and flowers her wannabe boyfriends showered her with. Watching the sun goes down and daydreaming of an empty city guarded by stray dogs and friendly crows has become her hobby. The sound of silence was her favorite thing after all the rehearsals and music lessons she was required to take. Language and art classes were optional so she could enjoy them a bit more.

Some days flying first class was like a second job for her, she grew to hate it so fast. Schedules and itineraries were always in the way as if someone or something else owned her life. When will I start living for real? – she would ask herself time and again. Most folks would do anything to have the luxury of being famous, rich and beautiful. But she had another dream…

What a weird world we live in! People only want what they can’t have. If they are single they try to get married, if they are married they want a divorce. In the crowd we always seek for privacy and staying home alone inspires the need to go out. Contradictory human nature is there to challenge and make us miserable. In winter we want sunny warm days and in a hot season we are dreaming of snow and frost.

It was a middle of December, two years since she became a star. Holiday season with all its charm was in full swing, the time to make wishes and wait for miracles to happen. Suzy was hoping to run away from her successful career in show business and become a world traveler, hitch hiker and camper. No schedules, no flights, no obligations… Sweet, sweet dreams to be living a simple life of a nobody.

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November Rain

I stood in the middle of nowhere catching the rain drops by my mouth. It was getting dark and I knew it was time to go home but where is home? My thoughts were rushing through bits and pieces of old childhood memories capturing every single house I lived in, which one of them could I call home? My father left when I was six, not having a home we moved to another country. My stepfather disappeared right at the end of high school, I moved to a bigger city for college. Not much to miss as the house we were living in was one of the most restrictive places for a teen spirit. It hasn’t changed much so I keep wondering why do I have to belong somewhere where I actually FEEL at home?

The time between Halloween and Thanksgiving is always full of vague memories and nostalgia. The spooky reality of past and bright promises of the future leave you always somewhere in between, in limbo. Living your dreams between the cultures and countries, childhood and adulthood, seriousness and serenity, idleness and productivity, beginning and end. Black and white reality gets boring more than anything else and the only escape is to create, to make something brand new.

The process of creating is healing in itself since you lose touch with time and place, liberating your brain and helping your body to get rid of stress and worry only about the final outcome. The art of knitting or painting can be highly appreciated in anticipation of the holiday season. The gift of writing is also greatly needed to be able to compose those Christmas letters that only happen once a year. Crafts will come in handy to decorate your place for the whole month to enjoy. They say that home is where you make it, sounds like one has to be quite a maker after all.

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Magic Tea

When you want to have a private conversation with someone just invite them for a cup of tea. It is always a pleasure to chat with an old or a new friend while drinking something as delicious as green, black, white or herbal tea.

I have been wanting to order a tea ceremony for a long time now since I really dreamed of something authentic. You know what, it is coming in May next year fingers crossed, or should I use legs crossed instead?

In my family tea drinking is like a religion, food for your soul. We are really serious about having it at least 5 times a day in spite of the season. The reason for it is to get enough caffeine in your body to keep it going. Or maybe having enough meaningful talks with each other to feel loved and appreciated?

Tea drinking is especially good in cold weather. Some people add sugar or honey into it. Some like it really hot with lemon but one thing they all have in common is that time stops when you indulge yourself in a cup of tea. Say, you are having a bad day at work or the weather is bringing you down, or you name it. After having just one cup of a good tea the world around you gets better. No you don’t have to add vodka into it but some people do so.

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Apple season

It’s time to make apple cider, don’t you think? I never knew there are different kinds of it but fortunately the book in the library shed the light recently. Cider hard and sweet by Ben Watson is a good find where I learned that you can also make a pear drink called Perry and mix it with cider half and half to get Pider. English and French have their own kinds of cider that are known to be bittersweet. Natural carbonation is the best if you can get it right. So much fun to even think of the process of making it!

An apple a day they say… A new twist on it is a bottle a day keeps the doctor away. Here I am not sure about the content since there’s also apple wine I haven’t try, only heard about. Apple vinegar diluted in water is recommended in your diet as a morning drink to loose weight, it can also be used in cooking as a substitute for vinegar.  Apple butter is something I read about, would love to try it one day.

There are so many ways to use apples in cooking: all kind of pies and salads come to mind. My mom would dry cut apples and keep them all winter long to make kompot or eat them as snacks. Kompot is stewed fruit where seasonal fruits and berries will come in handy. In winter we use dried apricots, apples, pears and / or plums to make a drink called uzvar, traditional drink in Ukraine.

Have you tried baked apples stuffed with raisins and nuts? Really healthy dessert for picky eaters and connoisseurs. In Turkey they serve apple tea to the tourists to demonstrate hospitality but never drink it themselves. In Germany they make apple strudel for dessert and in Poland it is Sharlotka, apple pie with a cool name. Talking about cool names, Steve Jobs used apple to start a well-known brand you have probably heard about.

 

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Ukraine

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August 24 is Independence Day in Ukraine. It’s a big deal for Ukrainians since latest events have not been the greatest. Lots of people immigrated different places still dreaming to come back one day. Who knows maybe in the future things will be back to normal? Keep praying and hoping for the better.

If you ever want to travel somewhere nice and cheap go visit Ukraine. I miss it terribly! Kyiv is the best city I have ever lived, for me it’s the place where miracles happen and history is still alive. Explore and you will be surprised how much more there is to discover…

This country has a lot of problems and stuff but it feels real with four seasons, good and bad smells, street markets and all the pleasures of public transport. People are so direct, sometimes you wish they weren’t that way and women are so beautiful that it’s hard to keep up to par. Population is mostly poor, there is no middle class but it doesn’t seem that way.

Ukrainians love foreigners thinking that all of them are milliners. Foreign culture is considered to be better, a lot of loan words are used just because it’s cool. Traditional food is great, hospitality depends on the money paid and part of the country you are in. If you want to see the contrast go to Lviv where people speak Ukrainian and Odessa which is mostly Russian, fantastic tourist destinations with tons of things to enjoy. I wish I was there to be your guide…

 

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Power

Knowledge is power they say… But ignorance is bliss. I love being blissfully ignorant sometimes and I think it saves a lot of positive energy and faith. On the other hand, my addiction to know it all, does it do me any good?

Being educated, well read and well travelled is considered to be great. Why then our system of education is getting weaker and weaker every year, forgive my rant, teachers will always be teachers. It’s funny that we think we are smart but can we make a living?

Not knowing everything is actually a blessing. You have to depend more on others and trust their judgement. And, of course, no one is perfect, so you would have to forgive others for their false views and opinions. This part here is a bit uncomfortable. This is why we want to be gods knowing everything and never making any mistakes. How about forgiving yourself then? Since we don’t know everything we do get ourselves in trouble otherwise there is no way we could be doing anything in life ever.

So what is real power? If it’s not knowledge than maybe it’s forgiveness or generosity… Or wisdom, not sure how to define this one. Anyway, we all want to be powerful this way or the other.