Azerbaijan, 2018

Так куда все же стоит съездить, будучи в Азербайджане?

Конечно, первое место, которое будет в списке – это столица – Баку. Город, действительно, растет с каждым днем, и в нем есть множество мест, которые стоит посетить во время первого приезда. Старые улочки Ичеришехера (старый Баку) дадут возможность каждому приезжему оказаться в прошлом, где все было столь не футуристичным, и скромным. Девичья Башня поведует старые легенды, а музеи города передадут всю амосферу и историю страны. 

Следующей точкой назначения будет старинная деревня – Лагич, которая находится вблизи города Исмаиллы (3.5 часа езды от Баку). Это место буквально несравнимо ни с одним другим. Дорога в Лагич идет по дороге, в буквальном смысле слова, накрытой, могучими, ветвистыми деревьями. Далее следует мостик, перейдя через который можно оказаться в абсолютно другой деревеньке. Хоть мостик мы и перешли, но до деревушки не дошли. Под мостом протекает река, и вид открывается бесподобный. Проехавшись метров 500 от мостика, мы доехали до самой деревни Лагич, внутри которой, все напоминало сказку. Там были сувенирные лавки с древними изделиями, дороги из брусчатки, рукодельные ковры, и заброшенная кузница, в которой хранилось невероятное количество старо-изготовленных сервисов, самоваров, ламп, и прочего. После того, как обошли весь городок, мы проехались до водопада (по дороге двое иностранных туристов активно махали нам ручками, и мы помахали в ответ, после чего поняли, что они хотели, чтобы мы их взяли с собой. Мест, в любом случае, у нас не было, поэтому стыдно никому не стало). Водопад мы покорили быстро и рискованно, взбираясь по скользким камням и прыгая по камешкам в реке, но вид однозначно стоил того. 

Обсерватория в Шамахах – следующая точка назначения. Она, вероятно, самая капризная из всех существующих. Дело в том, что приехав туда в первый раз, мы не думали, что она может быть закрыта в тот день. В связи с негодными погодными условиями, посетителей могут не впускать, по простой причине того, что при пасмурном, облачном небе – не разглядеть ни одной звезды. Следовательно, в первый раз мы проделали путь даром, однако, чтобы не было столь обидно, нам устроили экскурсию по телескопам, и обсерватории. В следующий раз, тщательно подобрав день и время поездки, мы выехали, и смогли посмотреть сквозь сам телескоп на звезды и планеты (Марс, Сатурн).

А вы знали, что Сатурн настолько легок, что существуй море, способное вместить в себя всю планету, он бы плавал на поверхности воды, и никогда не тонул?

И конечно же в списке числиться один из наиболее посещаемых городов Азербайджана  – Габала. Город находится сравнительно недалеко от столицы, и в нем есть невероятная дикая природа. Туристов в Габала далеко не мало, и соотвественно, он растет и становиться все более современным, лишая себя статуса “деревеньки”. Подробнее о том, что поделать в Габале, и что стоит увидеть, можно прочесть в предыдущем посте 🙂

И так, как видите, стоящих мест много, и я наслышана историй о том, какие красоты мне еще предвидено увидеть в других деревнях Азербайджана, таких как Гах, Губа, Шеки, и так далеe.

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Salam from Baku!

It is June 24th today, and I have just celebrated my 21st birthday. Hoorah! It is that kind of age when you still feel super excited about celebrating, rather than crying in the pillow. I have only one year left in my university, and at the moment I am having my summer vacations back home, in Baku city. Salam everyone!

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View from Hilton on Baku city

I had big plans for this summer. As a result, I frankly managed to get a position at Hilton Baku where I now apply my marketing skills to the real-life situations. I have also realized I can look super bossy with a suit on me. The next thing I did this summer, is the filming of my first vlog, which is already on my YouTube channel. The main idea of the vlog is to interview people from all over the world whilst travelling, to depict differences between different nations. By interviewing we can see how culture varies from one country to another. Everyone can observe monuments, museums and historic sites whilst travelling, but what about truly getting to know the culture of each country? I hope I will have lots of chances to meet people of different ethnicities and will gladly share it with you!

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On June 2nd, I have visited the EuroVillage which was held on Baku Boulevard. The representatives of different European countries were showing the culture and national art of their countries. It was the cultural exhibition. There have also been traditional Azeri dances, various games and live concerts.

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The next event I have visited was the Baku Food Festival held next to Qosa Qala – the Old City’s entrance. There were various stands which represented different food brands. By exploring the food fair, people can know more about products’ ingredients, current promotions, and try different samples. For example, I have seen Caramel Coca-Cola there, for the first time in my life. You can walk in the Old City, listen to live music, and try the food, what can be more satisfying?

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On June 19th, I have travelled to Qabala – one of Azerbaijan’s most beautiful cities. Qabala is located in 3-hour ride by car from Baku. It has many breath-grasping landscapes, and, as a consequence, lots of tourists as well. We have departed from Baku at 7 am and had 2 stops during the trip, to have some tea, and to eat some of the traditional Azeri kutabs. FYI, if you travel to Azerbaijan, you absolutely have to try kutabs. The next stop was in Qabala, on the Noxur lake, where we rode on the catamaran, explored the old  Nidj village, and the city of Oguz where we have watched the waterfall and walked through the forest. It is beautiful – only you, nature, and nothing else. It lets you rewind after the constant city centre hustle, and calm down the chaotic mind. The mountains, the rivers, the lakes, they open up for you and crave nothing in return. All they want from you is to enjoy the view. This is the true form of altruistic love.

The mountains, the rivers, the lakes, they open up for you and crave nothing in return. All they want from you is to enjoy the view. This is the true form of altruistic love. 

We returned back to Baku city late in the night, and the time flew by so fast I didn’t have time to realize that my birthday was coming. And then it has come! In contrast with most of my friends, who don’t really care about their birthdays, I always feel super excited about it and don’t want the day to end. This year, by a nice coincidence, the opening of one of Baku’s beaches – NOIZ, and my birthday, have fallen on the same day, and, as a result, I have celebrated it on the seaside! The opening featured Azeri rock group called Dada Baba, and various DJ’s who played techno music in the evening. People played volleyball, had fun swimming in the sea, played games on the sand, and danced under great music.

I am absolutely in Love with these memories and I hope I will have way more to remember! Hold on tight. How is your summer going? Do you have plans for it?

Make it work for you!

Subscribe to stay tuned, and have a wonderful summer!

xx

How I visited Sadhguru’s Lecture in Toronto

Bonjour-Hi everyone!

Guess who is back! Now, when I am finally done with all of my finals, I can once again write & share. 

As I have already mentioned in one of my previous posts, I had a trip from Montreal to Toronto this March, to visit Sadhguru’s Mystic Eye Event. 

I was truly lucky, as I have visited Canada’s “Big Apple” during its best period – the sun was shining, the sky was brilliantly clear, it was actually springing. 

We have our family friends residing in Toronto, so it was not my first visit, however, there is always more & more to see in this beautiful city, even after multiple stays. Even though Toronto and Montreal are both in Canada, and you may think that culture and traditions should be the same throughout the country, they are very different. First of all, Toronto is located in Ontario – an English-speaking province, whereas Montreal is a part of Quebec – a French-speaking community.  You might imagine how different are the views, culture, beliefs, and, after all, language dialects, between French and British. 

Whether you’ll like Toronto or not depends on you. Toronto is Canada’s Big Apple, in other words very similar to New York City. Montreal is Canada’s French capital, with a mix of Europe and America at once. If you are a fan of large, lively and industrialized areas, then Toronto is your best choice. If you prefer a quieter and more modest environment, then go for Montreal. I love living in motion, cities which never have a chance to sleep, therefore, Toronto is one of my favourite destinations.  

Coming back to the story itself, I have travelled to Toronto from Montreal’s Central Station, and the trip took me 5 hours in total. It should be mentioned that trains in Canada are highly innovated, and the time runs fast with beautiful views, friendly and chatty conductors, and tasty snacks. 

As soon as we have arrived at Toronto’s Union Station, we headed to Enercare Center, where the event was held. 

We could hear Indian music playing literally whilst standing in the queue. 

The exhibition hall was enormously large, with about 5,000 people attending the event. Luckily, we arrived just on time, and as soon as we found our seats, Sadhguru showed up on the stage. Although I was imagining the Mystic Eye event as somewhat different, with people asking questions and receiving wise answers from the guru, it was still useful to attend this in the real life. The lecture lasted about 3.5 hours and finished with Sadhguru coming off the stage and shaking hands with people who attended the event. 
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Our next day was pretty intense as well. The goal of the day was to visit the famous CN Tower located in the heart of Toronto. Since we heard numerous rumours about crazy queues over there, we left the hotel as soon as we had our breakfast. 

FYI, we did not use Uber on any of the days of our stay, neither have we bought the public transport pass. It is pretty straightforward for all tourists arriving in Toronto to reach anywhere in the downtown on foot (as long as your hotel isn’t somewhere outside downtown). Moreover, only by walking through the city districts you are truly able to explore Toronto. 

Another quick fact, there we no queues at CN Tower, so don’t worry next time you want to visit it. And even with all the crazy queues, it is totally worth it. 

CN Tower is not the only amazing thing about Toronto. If you are looking for a place to shop, then this city should definitely be on your list. With one of the biggest shopping centres, Toronto Eaton Centre fits 235 stores and services. And sells gorgeous bouquets.

Unfortunately, I have stayed in Toronto only for 3 days, but I hope to visit this beautiful city once again, as there is so much more to see. 

What about you, is there anyone who is currently residing or visiting Toronto? Or maybe dreaming to visit this city? 

Leave your comments below and subscribe to my blog to hear more! 

A Bientot!

Stop & Smell the Roses

Recently, I have read a few books, all of which were related to spiritual growth. I have enjoyed one more than the other, and, somehow, realized that India means more than just a country to me. It is the place where the humankind evolved, the place where one can truly find the purpose of his life. Discover the key to the eternal joy, love and peace, which, in fact, already reside within you. The only thing that matters then is – how do you realize it? Rather than discussing what I have learned over the last few weeks, I’d share the reasons for my passion for India. 

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“Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world. India is an Eastern country, which has become extremely popular over the last century, especially due to tourists coming from all over the world. The trend towards the “older” civilizations has been increasing lately, and it becomes noticeable when looking at today’s fashion, music, and film industries, which borrow their styles from the late 80s. People run from rural areas to live in urban zones, which, they believe, are their only chance for personal freedom. I agree that there are much more ways to realize your potential in developed countries rather than in LEDC. The question is: do people, living in developed countries, have more freedom, rather than those leaving in the less economically developed? The basic freedom rights which include the power to vote and have same-sex marriage do not mean that you possess the freedom. This may, however, make you happier in life, but this is not what you truly need. People deserve to live in infinite peace with themselves. People deserve to be free of labels, such as “woman”, “gay” or “poor”. People deserve to forget once and for all the terrifying meaning of “war”, which creates chaos around the globe. Why do we only rest in peace? Why don’t we live in peace too? This is exactly what gurus manifest in Eastern cultures, as a true definition of happiness. And this is the first, and the most prominent reason for my passion for India – the country, where till now, people teach their children the things they will actually need in their lives. This is the exact reason why 1 out of 10 Americans today travel to India to learn these teachings. 


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Coming back to today’s topic. The first thing that has inspired me to travel to India is yoga. I first tried this practice about 4 years ago, and I’ve quickly realized that this is what I enjoy. Today, most people engage in yoga because of its increasing popularity, “healthy lifestyle”, and another way to lose weight. For me, yoga is something performed completely on a spiritual level, something accomplished by my inner Being, not just one’s body doing exercises. It is the process of the soul rejuvenating, in order to be able to generate more & more love with each practice. It is what helps one grow, and connect the body & the soul as a whole. I also love listening to Indian music and mantras whilst doing yoga. Not that music which is featured in Bollywood films, but rather the real, traditional Indian music. And I dream of trying a spiritual practice in a zen garden one day. 



largeAnother factor which has made me curious about India is its people. For those who are not familiar with Jaggi Vasudev – it is a spiritual leader, Indian yogi, and mystic. He is the founder of the Isha Foundation – a non-profit organization which practices yoga and free guided meditation around the world. This person has motivated me to become better in every sense. His wisdom has motivated me to encounter and read the most powerful books in my life. His learning has motivated me to grow as a person & plant the seeds of happiness and love into my mind, leaving no space for anything opposite. Sadhguru has its program called “Mystic Eye” scheduled for the 24th of March, which is going to be held in Toronto, and, hopefully, I will finally listen to him not only through his videos but in the real life.


Do you also dream of visiting some special place? Leave your comments below and subscribe to stay tuned for new posts.

And I believe that one day, our Earth will once and for all, achieve an infinite and eternal state of peace, joy and love for each & every one.

Namaste. 

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Scholars​ without Borders

Bonjour-Hi, everyone!

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with each and every one of you, however, I would guess that most of you enjoy travelling, and have an imaginary list of countries which you would love to visit someday, am I right? I hope so.

I believe travelling is one of the ways in which a person is actually able to progress and grow as an individual. Nowadays standards claim that your diploma is a primary determinant of your level of intelligence, however, this is not always true. An engineering diploma does not necessarily mean you have a broad horizon, neither it suggests that you are more intelligent than someone, who has not graduated in this major. Society pressures individuals making them “stagnate” by giving up their dreams, and rather dedicating themselves to jobs they don’t like. People think they have a right to decide what is best for everyone, and they dictate the rules. Would you disagree at this point, saying there are no rules? Numerous countries are called democratic republics, which promote freedom and liberalism, but is it actually true?

How much chance do you have of getting a job in any of these countries, if you have not complied with their requirements?

  • Do you have a job experience?
  • Have you completed a required degree?
  • Have you obtained expected qualifications?
  • Have you graduated from a well-known university?

“Unfortunately, we can’t give you the job you like, because we do not think you truly deserve it. Try something else what you do not care about. It is a job after all, you are not supposed to love it, for God’s sake!”

If your answer is no to all of these four questions, does this necessarily mean that you are not good at what you are doing? Or that someone is better than you?
No. Way. 

What happens next? People lose hope in life, feel lost and accept the first offer they get, independent of how bad a new workplace might be. All because they feel that they have to do what everyone else is doing. Society has an established set of rules, according to which they decide who deserves what.

I am not saying our generation should stop pursuing their learning, but shouldn’t we pursue our passions and dreams instead? Or are these two terms correlated, and you have no chance of realizing your life dreams without a proper level of education? I do think that knowledge we get at schools and universities helps us progress, should people sacrifice their lives, precious time and dozens of opportunities during a lifetime in order to do something that is felt right?

Does a person who has an accounting diploma know about the Earth we are living on, its beauty, the life in other spots of our planet?

It depends on the person, but the chances are low.

Does he spend hours and hours every day at the job he literally hates?

It depends on the person, but the chances are high.

It was supposed to be a short post dedicated to my travelling page with the photos attached, but I used this opportunity to wish each and every person reading this post: try taking the most out of your lives, and do not lose hope into yourself, no matter who dictates you the rules. This is our planet, and we are a single nation – the earthlings, with no division. Did you know that almost 70% of the Earth’s ocean is undiscovered? 14 people have been on the Moon while only 3 people have explored the Marian Trench. This might be a human nature – always seeking something new, ignoring the beauty of the things we possess. I wish every individual on our planet had a chance to travel without borders, without visas, and see every smallest part of the Earth. People do not need anyone’s permission to visit another part of the world, this is our planet. If there was no division on countries, there would be no war in the world, no global warming on the Earth, and no fatal diseases among human, as all of these factors are correlated.

This world was created for us to explore, and democracy lies under people’s rights to do so. 


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Valentine’s Day Ideas

Bonjour-Hi, everyone!

I hope your February has been great so far. Mine was pretty good, I have even mentally prepared myself for the spring (which is in 3 weeks) when I’ve suddenly realised it’s snowing. Again. However, there is no time for moaning, February 14th is just around the corner, therefore, today’s post is dedicated to the day of “LOOOVE“.  Some of you might be excited, some frustrated, some might have just realised it, but all of you might be interested:

How to surprise your other half on the V-day?

Well, don’t worry, here are some inspirational ideas for you to choose from!


Movie Night

Movie nights are always fun. At least for me. In this case, a right company is everything. The best point about this idea is that it does not really matter how long you have been dating for – the movie night is always an excellent choice, especially for beginners. Nevertheless, to make this evening delightful for both of you, try taking your partner’s preferences into consideration, and choose the best movie, depending on whether your partner is a “Deadpool” or “50 Shades” kind of person. 

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Shhh. Obviously Deadpool.

SPA Package

Another great way to spend Valentine’s Day would be a “Couples SPA Package”. Exactly, a wonderful massage for both you and your partner, relaxing atmosphere, and chill out music; what can be more soothing for the mind & soul? Forget about all the worries, stop making excuses, and dedicate this day finally to each other. Believe me, you will feel much more reconnected and ready to share your love. And if you are not able to afford such a luxury, you can always create your own SPA at home. Some rose petals, red wine/champagne & candles will make their job for you.


Romantic Dinner

What could be more special than your significant other cooking your favourite meal for you? Maybe a trip to the Caribbean Islands, but these two matters are really different. Although this idea might sound tough for some of you, cooking is fun and easy, depending on the dish and the recipe you choose. Search through cooking websites, prepare all ingredients in advance, and place some effort. Your meal will be perfect, guaranteed! You can even make some heart-shaped pizza or pie! This all should be accompanied by “love is in the air” atmosphere, cosy films and favourite video games.

Superior combo. 

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V-day in a VS Store

If you are looking for some ideas on how to surprise your girlfriend on the Valentine’s Day – go shopping with her, she will never forget this day, I guarantee you (and you neither). Under ‘shopping’ I don’t mean crowdy malls with long lines. Instead, take your lady to the Victoria’s Secret Store, which is having nice gift guides & promos for this special day. You could choose something you both like and, at the same time, do it together! 


Ice Skating with your Angel

How about doing something active and fun on Valentine’s Day? Ice skating is my next best choice for this special day, which, by the way, can be very romantic. Cold weather, cosy sweater and your favourite hands, supporting you. Outdoor skating is a perfect way to embrace winter and get outside, as well as get warm and fuzzy feelings with your other half.

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Date Night

Okay, up to this moment, we all know what movie night is, what romantic dinner is all about, but the date night is something exceptional. For the real romantics, date night assumes your favourite restaurant, jazz softly playing in the background, and a really lovely suit/dress. Although this might sound like the dullest way to spend the evening, however, how many times in your life have you been at a real date? Spend the evening together, dedicate your time to each other, talk about things that matter to both of you, and most importantly: enjoy your time. 


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The last but not least scenario is about taking your partner and running out of town. Changing a typical environment is proved to provoke new sensations and feelings, isn’t this exactly what you need on such a lovey-dovey day? Take a train/car/shuttle and visit someplace you both wanted to see for a long period of time. Explore nearby towns, go to a ski resort together or even take a week off and plan a trip to Galapagos islands! 

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As you can see, there are plenty ways to surprise your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Although February 14th might be very special for some people, try spending every day as if it was unique. 

I hope you found my article useful, subscribe to my Blog to stay tuned and be the first to know about new posts, leave your comments,

and don’t forget to share your love, as it knows no limits. 

A Bientot, 

Naza xx 

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Formula 1 World Championship.

Bonjour-Hi, everyone!

Do you enjoy watching races? Maybe even participating in them? I have always enjoyed playing NFS on my console, does that count? Anyway, this summer I was lucky enough to attend the F1 in the real life. For those, who have not heard of it: it is an international form of auto racing, called Grand Prix. Now, I’d like to share my memories of June 2017 with you.

What is so cool about this post? The fact that Formula and my birthday befell on the same day.

The Formula One was held in Azerbaijan – the land of fire and winds, with gorgeous carpets and numerous historic sites. The country is situated in the Middle East, on the west shore of the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan used to be a part of the Soviet Union, therefore, Russian is still widely spoken in the country. Nevertheless, today, this post-socialistic land is an independent nation and possesses individual traditions, cultural values and beliefs. One of Baku’s most famous places is Flame Towers.

Why is it so famous?

The architecture was designed to symbolize the fire flames – the country’s earliest religion – Zoroastrianism, which was popular during the 6th century B.C. Zoroastrians believed that fire represented God’s light and wisdom. Today, Flame Towers is Azerbaijan’s major tourist attraction and can be seen from almost every corner of the country.

Check the photos and make sure yourself!

June 22nd, 2017

Okay, what about the F1, after all? Well, the Baku City Circuit was held from the 23rd of June to the 25th. Nevertheless, all the events were operating one day prior to the start of the Grand Prix. Thus, on the 22nd of June, we’ve arrived at the Gosha Gala gate (each zone had its own entrance). Before proceeding, we’ve been given the Formula One bracelets and badges. The F1 area was isolated from the rest of the city and was designated mainly for the ticket holders. Whilst walking along the Baku Boulevard, we’ve been taking part in the amusing shows and enjoying various attractions. Honestly, most of our time we’ve spent on virtual reality simulators and slot machines.

After exploring the area, we went home to celebrate my birthday (yay!).

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June 23rd, 2017

Okay, the first thing to say: I have never woken up so early on my birthday. The race was every day from 9am (or 10 can’t remember the exact time) till 12, in other words – way too early for the birthday girl. Our seats were in the Old City zone and the view was really nice. The only disadvantage was the lack of an awning because that day the sun decided to cook some human stakes out of us. Okay, okay, enough moaning, this was a great experience, for which I am forever thankful.

And as always, here are the shots.

In the evening, after the race was over, there was a concert on the boulevard. We went to the Black Eyed Peas concert where Nicole Scherzinger, somehow, was too.

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Flame Towers! Again.

Although we were not the real Formula One experts, we were glad to experience this in the real life. For those, who got interested in attending the F1 – it will be held in Baku city this year also! For more info regarding the Baku City Circuit, check this link. I would advise anyone, attending the race for the first time, to take ear plugs. This is the #1 must have. Oh, and a hat. Enjoy your day,

I hope you liked my first February post, stay tuned & subscribe to be the first to know about my new publications!

A Bientot!

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English Vacations: Sandy Bay.

Bonjour-Hi,

As it has already been mentioned in my previous post, I was lucky to acquire my Foundation degree in the UK. During my stay, I have made close friends, who I still miss, and memories, I still can’t forget. The year was truly charming, and whatever happens, happens for the good, thus, I’d like to reminisce about those pleasant moments from my past. 

Most of the trips we had were spontaneous and had been planned either a few days or hours in
advance. Exeter is a small city, located in Devon – a county, known for its beauty and numerous spots of tourist attractions. There were few closely situated cities, which we’ve visited during the year. We’ll start with Sandy Bay, to which this post is dedicated.

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Sandy Bay is a beach, located in Exmouth, on the east coast of the country. Although it is not listed in the top 10 UK surfing destinations, it is still famous for its powerful and hollow waves, barrels, and beautiful landscapes.

We’ve departed from Exeter St. Davids railway station early in the morning and arrived in Exmouth at midday. It took us around 40 minutes to get there by train, and we were excited to go and rent the surfing equipment right away, to ride some waves on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean.

By the time we’ve arrived in the city, we’ve discovered that buses do not operate in Exmouth on Sundays, therefore, we had to get to the beach on foot. I love walking, I really do, but our route was slightly too long.

In other words, we’ve got lost. We knew we had to stick to the seacoast, so we walked along it until we’ve found ourselves in the middle of some farm, with tractors and scarecrows. It was just like in a horror movie, except during the day. It became even scarier when we’ve found out that my phone’s battery was about to die, and other members of the trip had no internet connection at all.

What’s next?

This is the exact question I had in my mind at that moment. What is next? It’s been 1.5 hours since we’ve left the railway station in Exmouth and started our walk. Hungry and tired from strolling along unfamiliar paths, we’ve texted our friends that we’ll miss them, and:

You only live once, so why not sacrifice yourself on some creepy farm for an adventure?

Well, thank God we did not have to actually do that. After another 1.5 hours of walking, we’ve finally seen the road sign, saying “Sandy Bay”, and a few beach huts.

I think, at that point in time, I’ve shed a tear or two.

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Colorful Beach Huts along the Sandy Bay’s Seacoast

Here it is, the Glorious Sandy Bay. What else can I say? Our road was worth the scene that opened upon us.

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Sandy Bay

The view was truly enchanting. We walked down the cliff right to the ocean’s coast. By the time we’ve got to the Bay, it has already been 4 pm: the sun started to set down, and the temperature got cooler.

In other words – no surfing…

Although it was the main purpose of our trip, we’ve still absolutely enjoyed the journey. We were walking along the coastline, climbing the slippery rocks and drenching our shoes, isn’t this fun?

After all, it all was worth it, cause we’ve got these awesome shots (half of which was lost after restoring the iPhone).

We walked down the seacoast to the cliff located at the end of the beach (you can see it in the picture’s background), hoping we’d save our time on the road back. Sadly, there was no path, and we had to walk all the way to the origin. That took us another 2 hours until we’ve realized how dark it’s become. We ran up the cliff searching for the cab, which would take us to the railway station when we’ve found ourselves in the middle of a carnival.

It was the Annual Exmouth Illumination Carnival.

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Told you, whatever happens, happens for a reason. Or, maybe, this is how I calm myself from that 3-hour strolling along some farm. After we’ve watched the carnival and made even more photos, we left to the railway station and headed back home.

It was my first but not last adventure during my stay in the UK. The year gave me lots of moments to remember, for which I’m forever thankful. In my future posts, I’ll share with you the story about how we’ve travelled to Birmingham’s Theme Park on a budget (and spent night on the street). There are also other, saner stories to come.

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A Bientot!

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The ocean’s slanted cheek

Bonjour-Hi, everyone!

Today we are having an extraordinary post, which is all about thinking. I realized that some of you, probably, wonder, how did I get to Canada, after all? I moved here almost three years ago to pursue my higher education. I chose Canada because it seemed as the best alternative to costly UK & US universities, but at the same time at a high level of quality. I think another reason, why I preferred Canada over Europe, was the fact that it was something “sweet” to “taste for the first time. I love trying new things, and moving to an absolutely different continent was among them, on my non-existent list. Nevertheless, this “fruit” has already been tasted, and I would love to move to the rest of the desert, called “travelling” or “exploring the world” with the loved one. Long story short, in this post I will share with you my overall impression of Montreal and local people, again, and always, from the perspective of a foreign individual. 

Shall we begin?

Interesting fact: I did not have a chance to see Montreal in advance, thus, after I’ve got admitted to Concordia, I had to move without asking or knowing anything. For those, who are American: Canada is quite like the US; for those, who are from Europe: Canada is a completely different world. No, locals do not drive on the left hand-side of the road, but it is everything else that looks strange and “not like back home”. The first thing that seems so odd is the fact that to get back home you have to cross the Atlantic ocean. How far am I? Am I still on the same planet where I used to be? After you get used to the fact that you are closer to the North Pole than you are to your previous home, you realize how different the people are. I like Canadians, and memes don’t lie, they are, indeed, extra-polite, kind, and generous. People would say “Bonjour-Hi” as many times, as you would turn your head towards them. 

FYI: The phrase “Bonjour-Hi”, which is the combination of French and English greetings, is generally used in Canada, since the country has two official languages.

There are, however, some things, which seem very different. I have got inspired to write this post after my Geology class, which took place on Wednesday. My classmate, who was sitting right next to me, asked me to help her with the notes. She’s later guessed that my first language is Russian, judging by my accent and looks (Canadians are super relaxed, when it comes to choosing everyday outfits, compared to us). The classmate, in turn, was from Washington, DC. We were chatting about the process of adaptation to the local environment, when I’ve realized (not for the first time), how strongly cultures vary from one country to another. 

Although we are all humans, we are all different in every possible way. I like people, who can accept you as you are, and who can be who they really want to be. You do not have to necessarily like every single person, but you are free to do what you feel is best, not what others want to see from you. This is called freedom, whereas numerous individuals consider “going out with every single person on this Earth” to be the same thing (which is not). People from back home can hardly “free themselves”, and year by year forget who they really are deep inside. I have an experience of changing numerous schools, and, consequently, companies, too. By now, I have realized the importance of individualistic characteristics that each person possesses. No matter how cliche this sounds, but stay true to yourself, no matter what.

 The next difference is the lifestyle. I enjoy sharing pleasant moments with nice people, communicating, and living the life I enjoy. Although I have nothing against the “YOLO” and “drinking till passing out” types of persons, I would always go for board games, cozy convos, and travelling, over those “trendy” events. I would wake up at 5 a.m. simply to try parachuting (which, by the way, I seriously did) instead of partying an entire night in a club. I would spend weeks, learning how to dive in the Pacific Ocean, because the sea world to me is just like another Universe – all unknown and mysterious. I would leave home for months to travel the globe with my beloved, in order to see how marvellous our Earth is. I love the notion of living the healthy lifestyle not because it is “trendy” or an alternative to diets, but because I want to be my body’s best friend so that my heart & soul could open up for me.

After all, we are all people, some of whom wear their hearts on their sleeves, and some do not. I enjoy seeing how different each & every person is. By being who you are, you become brilliant, try listening to your heart, and it will tell you secrets it has never have before.

I hope you enjoyed my today’s blog, guys, the Russian version follows, subscribe to see more in the future, and don’t forget to share the love.

A Bientôt,

Naza

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