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Mallorca

4D6DDEFD-6929-4893-8B5C-E3ACC36F06E1Hola, Mallorca!

This year my Easter getaway surprisingly didn’t bring me to Portugal again, but back to Mallorca, where I haven’t been since 5-6 years. In fact, it was the first time I saw Palma in daylight. My previous visits started in lines to Pacha and Tito’s and ended on a kebab search mission mostly either still before the sun was up or after I could process the information from my eyes to the brain. So, that was quite a new experience.

Mallorca is great. Is it a great party place? Yes! Would I go to the famous clubs being 26? Nahh. But, again, because I already had all of this when I was 18 and Avicii was still alive. This time it was meant to be about bars, especially taking into consideration that I was with Dani the Barprofi there.

  • Bar Abaco is a place to see. Insanely beautiful. It is something in between Garden of Eden and a place of ancient Greek worship. Never seen decorations this crazy and at the same time harmonised. The drinks quality, unfortunately, as it most always is in such iconic places that attract crowds anyways, very average.
  • Botanic De Can Bordoy wasn’t on my list, we were just walking a tiny street and a beautiful inner yard caught our eye. The sweetest little garden looked something like those hotels on Garda lake. The staff wasn’t interested in a young couple wearing jeans, crowding solely around older guests who looked more representative – an unforgivable mistake for a good place, in my opinion, because you really NEVER know who might be in front of you. But we enjoyed the time in this beautiful and very quiet for the center of a capital city location.
  • Bar Central is a complete opposite: terrace on a pavement of the loudest avenues, tourist crowds passing by, noise and rush concentrated around this oasis of chilling and slowing life down. I love how the southern folks do that thing. Mallorca Delicatessen of Mateu Pons next to the Bar is definitely a shop to visit for typical Catalan souvenirs: jamón, jams, wines and cheeses.
  • Bar Cafe Coto is very bright, Argentinian style, with tiny wobbly tables, great sangrias and pink houses around on beautiful Plaça de la Drassana. It’s cozy both daytime and at night. The colors there saved our mood once we got a rainy day.
  • Ombu is a place that was recommended to me by most of my friends who had visited Mallorca. It’s touristy, but indeed good so to say haute cuisine of tapas.
  • Ca’n Toni – this is where tapas hit the new level. I am no big fan of Spanish cuisine in general and it tires me very fast. This place we found on our last but one evening,  but the line waiting to be seated was so enormous that we only had some wine standing there. So we came back on our last night in Palma – and it was worth it!
  • WhyNot is the smallest bar I’ve ever seen. 8 chairs and the bar – that’s it. Very cute, intimate but not boring thanks to its owner aka bartender always being there and hosting people with his heart and soul. Good drinks and creative and personalised (obviously, in such a tiny place) approach.
  • Brassclub was recommended to us by the owner of WhyNot. It’s a less traditional and more commercial bar, but with great design and classical approach to drinks. A place to visit if you want no sangria but a proper gin tonic.
  • More of the dude’s recommendations are: Door 13, Ginbo, Clandestino, El Neo & Nicolas 
  • Santina is a place for brunches in a non-spanish understanding. For those who can’t replace avocado breads with tortillas.

Palma is great, but the island is so much more. The capital is the best off-season, but for beaches you’d have to explore Mallorca a bit further. Last time we lived in Magaluf – purely a party-resort with an ok beach. There are gorgeous bays like Port de Soller, Cala Deia, Puro Beach, Puerto Andratx, Cala Millor and many more. Even around Palma there are very nice beaches. Bugambilia is a charming hidden restaurant easy to access by public transport or even walking the coastline but impossible to come across unless you know about it. Valldemossa is another beautiful location hidden in the mountains that brings you back in time and just steals your heart away. I am quite sentimental about Mallorca compared to those posts from Pacha in 2013, huh?

Another thing I would definitely recommend doing in Mallorca is flying a hot air balloon.  I did that last time and was enthralled. So, don’t be lazy to get up early one day and see the beautiful island from above during sunrise.

Mallorca, thanks for kicking the summer 2019 off! Only summer views from my window airplane seat as of now! IMG_8163


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UPD: wake up, wake up, sound the alarm

6A47E7CC-94F8-4B0A-96D0-3DA6D9243CDDHeya!

Long time no updates! I can proudly share that this time it’s due to a lot of work and not only a mental breakdown, as it has always been when I didn’t post for long. After more than half a year, I completely plunged into my new job, which now seems like something I have been doing since years, not months. I recently came from my first business trip, to Ukraine. And since it is a country I had never been to before, the experience definitely deserves to be on the blog, too! Will try to manage that some time soonest.

Also, I celebrated my birthday couple weeks ago, coming straight from the flight to a techno Sunday – adult life has a tight schedule! I don’t make any I-grew-older-and-better claims devoting a post to my birthday resolutions since a couple years, so I would like to simply thank all my friends who celebrated with me.

Guys, you are the best! And may the summer party season finally start soon, I just can’t bare the temperature below 25 degrees anymore!

I went to Lignano already twice this year, visited my parents at their second home to be; traveled to Mallorca for a spring break and have actually done so much cool stuff that it’s too much to keep written track of. Working routine makes you completely rethink some values, especially those that demand free time. I am enjoying it very much though, always being on the go, waking up at 6 not because I’m a weirdo but because I actually have stuff to do; balancing my job with socialising, traveling and just doing things. The only thing I am missing is reading more. Where do people as active as I am find time for that? 😦

Another great thing is happening at the moment: my sunshine friend Lisa is in Vienna again! There must be a hashtag #LisainVienna on this blog! It’s always the coolest times with crazy stories whenever she comes over! This time they came together with her boyfriend, and I couldn’t be happier to spend time with them. It’s Lisa’s birthday today and I am just blessed to spend it with her. sending you all her sunshine rays! Love!


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UPD: 25

This is just a short tribute to my family and friends, who have been there for me since 25 years already. I am not making any resolutions as I turn one year older this time, because probably for the first time in life I can tell that I am exactly where I wanna be. I am surrounded by awesome people only. “Only” is an important remark here: my friends and family have always been there and been awesome, but I almost always had extra people around. Now I am quite sure that this is it: those are mine. I am very happy in my relationship and am only looking forward to have more of it! I finished university this year, which was not an easy cookie! Recently I started a job that is already very challenging – and that’s what I always needed! In order not to challenge my personal relations, something has to challenge me, and here it is! Really looking forward to learning there and am thankful for the opportunity.

Besides all of the above, I am just having fun in life! This is precious to say when you turn 25. Thanks to my parents for everything in life, and to my friends and Dani for making every day an unforgettable experience. And may our glasses never be empty!


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hashtag home

 Being home is always good. Even though most of my acquaintances don’t live around anymore, it’s still very cool to come back for several days sometimes. Especially like it happened this time – when some of childhood friends happen to be there for the same period. And my sister came from Moscow for that weekend, too! Ksenia met me right when I arrived, Daria was there with her boyfriend Axel. Was big times of an experience for a Swedish guy to visit our hometown! We were the only people he could speak English with, so for sure us going out drew a lot of attention everywhere! Was fun, a lot of fun, and I love you, guys! And all that special weird Russian thing that we have inside us!
Parents’ house is of course the best place to be again. Any place where they are becomes worth rushing there, but their home is something absolutely amazing! Bright backyard, tasty dinners made together, endless rivers of wine and long intense talks. A lot of decisions taken, as always, when I go home. A lot of amazing emotions, laughs and love. Love love love!


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HK: View Decks & Some Manhattan

While en route.

I am writing this post while being on the flight to Moscow. Exactly the same flight I took before going to Hong Kong which I am again gonna write a little bit about now. It has been 1,5 months, unbelievable! I recall every hour of the trip so well, especially while having a déjà vu on this plane. Ahh, let me experience that again! But I believe that more bright moments are yet to come.
Today I am writing about some of the most important moments for me while traveling – the views. I love heights. I am totally into planes, air balloons and view decks. So, Hong Kong is definitely MY place. The city spreads vertically, doesn’t matter how incorrect this expression must be. It grows. Seems like you watch it growing, live. I have never been afraid of height for a second, but on HK view decks I my head started spinning which is really a rare feeling for me (not mentioning situations where alcohol and love are involved).IMG_8012

I already mentioned the most popular and touristic site, Victoria Peak (above). It is worth visiting for sure! But when in Hong Kong, I wouldn’t stop there. Check out those places with incredible views that no tourists aim for. A lot of them can be reached while simply driving from Victoria Peak or Aberdeen Tunnel to Wan Chai district. You drive down along a curvy road and on your way there will be a lot of places where you suddenly are welcomed by an amazing view. There are a lot of bars with view decks in Wan Chai, too. Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset
View 62. This is interesting and absolutely not touristic. Yet.
Admiralty and Central are rich with gastronomy heavens that provide nice views, too. I don’t wanna limit my list with any specific locations, so my main advice would be to ask locals and to check out all the malls as they for sure have cool views. Visit HK Apple Store, it’s even more impressive than the one in Louvre, Paris, I swear!
Even though the promenade districts are for sure very neat, bright and interesting, we didn’t stick only to them and that is what I would recommend everyone trying: walk up from Admiralty and Central, lose yourself on the streets of Mid-Levels, end up in Soho and stay there! That area got my heart. I already untroduced a short tour around in my previous post, but now let’s take a closer look. This is not Asia anymore. Take a seat in some beef restaurant, watch skaters passing by – and you are in California! My friend who spent quite a lot of time there was just astonished by how much the atmosphere on one of random small streets of Soho made him feel like he was back to his college time in Cali. I felt some of San Francisco, too, while watching cute drunk singing people climbing the street with quite a noticeable slope. But then you switch to some perfect Italian restaurant – and you are back to Europe with its crowds, food smells, glasses making endless cheers, different languages around. Take another 100m up with the famous mid-levels escalator, relax on the summer terrace (in March, yes! lovely, huh?) of some bar where they finally know how to make your Cosmo (HK is a complicated story referring to the drinking culture) – and damn it, you are on Manhattan now! But you know what’s the coolest? To stick to the drinking-and-experiencing-the-whole-world-in-one-district tour until like 2 a.m. and then, after all the fancy cocktails and snacks from different cuisines, stop by at a pizza place round the corner, grab some perfect junk food, cola, and find out that the kebab-like establishment has a deck with the best view ever! That is Soho. And that is what made me fall in love with Hong Kong again and again: surprises around every corner. Surprises like perfect Cosmopolitan where you never expect any drinking culture to be developed as well as in your home bar (yes, I have a place that I call my home bar); surprises like some street food place having the view that beats all the fancy restaurants on skyscrapers rooftops.

No matter how much I fell in love with kebabs’ view deck, let’s get back to the fancy bars world. The most famous view bar in the world has to make it to this post. Ozone bar on the 118th floor of Ritz Carlton, named to be the highest situated bar in the world nowadays. If you read about it, you expect it to be super upper league kind of place where one has to sell their kidney to get a drink. That is absolutely not true, and even though the bar is obviously quite posh, you easily get a sit with no reservation, the staff is extremely friendly to you no matter if you walk in wearing Louboutin or NewBalance, anything you wish for will be perfectly customized for you. And it’s just nice. You know when this simple but such a capacious word nice perfectly describes it all? So, Ozone is nice. And the view! Like if you were drinking from a crystal glass somewhere on the private jet that stopped and floats above the city! So high, hard to believe that you still are connected to earth at all! We went at night because wanted a bit of a party and had already seen the skyline in the daylight from all possible angles by that evening. But I am sure it’s cool at any time!

Where else to go for a view? Cable cars! They love funiculars there. The one that leads to Buddha, Victoria Peak or goes across the Ocean Park – choose any and enjoy!

Having written so much about the districts of Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island, in this post I already brought us to Kowloon (Ritz Carlton aka the tallest building of Hong Kong, can be found in the heart of Kowloon City). That’s where we lived and I would love to write additionally about what one can see around. But we are about to land now, so I leave this for the next time 😉
Love the heights, search for the views! Kiss from the skies!Processed with VSCO with g3 preset