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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!


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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


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#23. Blast!

uobjlwcx89c23! Woohooo! Sitting somewhere at lake of Como drinking prosecco with my old nasty friends being 80 myself and hitting passing-by people with my cane while pouring shit at those of our acquaintances who still happen to be alive is getting closer and closer!

I must interrupt my “HK” posts series to announce the world that I turned 23. And this is not a “party summary” post but a “thank you” one. Thank you all. Every single of my friends and best friends.  And I can’t even express how much I am grateful to my parents. There are no words for that, they are just everything and they prove it every next year of my life which is so thrilling because of them. And all of you. You guys rock. Every year my birthdays are such a blast because of you. Doesn’t matter if we pour champagne around and try to break into an already closed club in Saint Petersburg, if we all meet up next day after the celebration in the police station of Vienna or if we destroy my parents’ house dancing and cracking glasses. If you trow me up to the ceiling and then forget to catch me, if you lose me and keep on celebrating my birthday without me not having noticed. If I come into your place crying (and I do that every year) and you order me pizza and put candles in it. It doesn’t matter where we are and which exactly of you made it to my celebration this time. Because it is always a major event full of love and happiness. Thank you for all the times you flew to different country for this day, for all the times you organized it because I never do! I love you.

This year wasn’t an exception. I did nothing and it was just crazy! Many many thanks to Sonia who took everything in her hands so tight that when that day we were announcing in any bar that I was a birthday girl, the answer would be “we all have known that for a week!”

We started right from the midnight, when I was sitting in a bar absorbed by total sadness and suddenly I got candles, a song, flowers, literally a champagne shower all over me! There it all started. Thanks to Roberto’s bar for all the warmth! Then another bar and another song a champagne from the barkeepers; then another bar, another  bunch of random people singing for me, tequilas and then a lovely bottle of rosé that they taught me to crack without an opener and I was really allowed to do it there! An extemporaneous crazy night was a good start!

Morning, all your calls and wishes, all the pictures posted and the words written. Each of you is in my heart, you made my day as well as you make my life. Thank you!

For a party lunch I chose Ströck-Feierabend and wasn’t disappointed. If you are from Vienna, check it out! Especially during breakfast time. It was good, another traditional Thursday meeting for foodporn with the girls which we organize every Thursday turned out into a real celebration to later be continued at Kleinod bar, where my amazing Sonia booked a table a month in advance. Thanks to everyone who stopped by or at least tried to catch up with us until I forgot what a mobile phone is. AND. The most wonderful thing that happened: Sonia brought cakes and candles in advance to the bars where we could technically end up. So at each place I suddenly got a cake with candles! I can’t count how many times how many people were singing happy birthday for me, how many candles I blew. But my main wish is coming true every day with friends like you. Thank you!

We don’t have many pictures because the party was too much fun to stop it for even one moment, but thanks to Diana for the coolest videos! This day is definitely gonna be remembered! By the staff of all the places that we hit, too.