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I love this feeling, when I’m writing a post while almost boarding a plane to somewhere new. Because I know that once I am there – I’ll have so many fresh impressions that going back to previous trips will be tough.

So, a quick recap of my August before the last trip of this summer (unbelievable!) starts.

Lignano, Rome and Saint Petersburg, together with Barcelona and Venice where I went just before, are my most visited cities. Nevertheless, I am no less excited to go there every summer again and again! Lignano is like my second home now, a short vacation getaway at any time when I need it; Rome, Venice and Barcelona are just my perfect cities for a weekend, despite tourist crowds and all that what the locals hate, for me their energy I get charged with is worth making my way through any crowd; Saint Petersburg… well, I used to call this place home. And it still has a big part of my heart that I left there forever. It’s nice when it’s not broken but is left with my best friends who live there, and I can always visit and dive back into how it used to be; priceless opportunity.

This time in Lignano was special, because I went with Dani. It’s amazing to bring along someone you love and show them “your” place, with special corners, favourite restaurants, tennis courts from where I sent him so many pictures with parents. For him it is also a special area, where he spent a big deal of his childhood. Chilling on the beach sipping Aperols, stuffing ourselves with the best foods, reading on the rooftop while he is getting his sleep recap for the past year. I already can’t wait to be there next June again and reopen another amazing season!

Trip to Rome was also very cozy and full of comfort. You see cities completely differently once stop being a first-time tourist there. When this rush to see/eat/photograph all the musts is over, comes the time to fully enjoy the city. I was also very glad to go with Lena and spend some quality time together before she moves to Moscow.

Regarding the places, we were mostly sticking to my favourite route that I described last year, with mandatory meals at Urbana 47 and Cantina e Cucina, adding Campo de’ Fiori, rooftops at Forum Hotel, Monti Palace Hotel and Capo d’Africa, pizzeria Emma and cultural stiff outside of Vatican for the first time: MAXXI Museum of Modern art impressed us a lot; whereas Galleria Borghese where I wanted to go since many years turned out to be a big disappointment. Everything is relative!

We visited during Ferragosto, so a lot of places I wanted to visit were closed. It’s like I could’t manage to see Trevi Fountain for like 4 years in a row while it was on reconstruction, same is happening with Mercato Monti for me now. Next year, maybe!IMG_3894 2 Going to Saint Petersburg had even more wonderful purpose than eating and looking at Caravaggio. I was invited to my dear friend’s wedding. Skakun is Skakun no more! This was so beautiful and full of love that I couldn’t be happier for my friends.

Saint Petersburg is a place full of love for me even without such magical events as weddings, thanks to my friends and the memories there that don’t fade after more than 7 years.

I got to meet many more people than are in the pics, which makes it an absolute strike in terms of amount of cathing-ups in 36 hours. I love you, guys!

So do I love crab meat! Lisa, as always, took me on a gastro tour. Last time shawarma was what impressed me the most, together with Subzero, which I hit again for breakfast (because why not sushi for breakfast). The new discoveries were Harvest and DuoAsia, and they brought to an absolute ecstasy state.

As hard as it always is to say goodbye to my friends in Russia, was saying goodbye to those who are leaving Vienna now. Too many goodbyes at once for me!

As always when writing a post on the go, I have no time to properly wrap it up now. But maybe it’s even better this way, before I get too sentimental. Time to pack suitcases! For someone it’s bringing a new stage of life, may it be marriage or moving from Vienna, to me it will be opening a door that I closed 10 years ago.

Yup, I am finally going to New York!


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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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 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!