Spoiler alert: you will get hungry!
You are looking at my most favourite Russian salad of all times - Pad Shooboy (literally 'under the fur coat'). It is one of many dishes from all over the world featured in a tasty series Around the World In 80 Dishes. Look for my description of what Pad Shooboy is under #42.
Spoiler alert: you will get hungry!
No matter where you are in the world, at a certain point in life it gets harder to meet new people. So singles resort to online dating, book clubs, matchmaking services and such.
The way Chinese approach this challenge is unique. And here you can see why.
I've never rode in a convertible before. So it was extra special to do it in Havana in a good ol' American car.
Now that the Sochi Olympics are just couple of days away, it's a great time to share these pictures of the very cool-looking Beijing Olympic Stadiums - the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube.
A couple of weeks ago, when the temperature in southern Ontario went down to -37C, there was a rumor that Niagara Falls froze. The rumor was so persistent that it made news around the world. My dad called from Russia asking whether it was really frozen and if so where did the water go. Hmm, I was wondering this myself. Even though we live only 1.5 hours away from Niagara Falls, I've never been there in winter. Clearly - it was time to go.
I have a confession to make: I didn't love Havana. In fact, at times it made me miserable.
What do China, North Korea and Cuba have in common? I didn't plan it this way but it just happened to be that all new countries I visited this year are communist countries. Different shades of communism, of course, but still.
While we didn't end up eating at the famous Ghost Street in Beijing (lines at each restaurant turned out to be enormous, with 30-40 people waiting outside), I sure enjoyed walking there at night. The street is covered with Chinese lanterns and looks really festive, especially after rain when the lights are reflected in the puddles.
Contrary to what the name of this blog suggests, some trips just don't work out. I've had a few of those by now and it's about time to start sharing them. Introducing Trips That Didn't Work - a brand new section of my blog.
This particular trip was a hike to mount Hua, one of the five sacred mountains in Taoism. And even though the trip didn't entirely suck per se, it was a hardass day that almost cost me my marriage. But let me start from the beginning.
When I think of the most famous square in the world, Tiananmen comes to mind even before Moscow's Red Square. I imagine it is the main pilgrimage place for Chinese tourists since both Mao's mausoleum and the Forbidden City are just steps away. Plus who doesn't want to take that iconic picture with the famous portrait of Mao? It's almost like no one would believe you've been there if you don't have that picture...
Here’s an unexpected revelation: Russian Superstitions Part I is the most popular page on my blog when it comes to natural search traffic. I personally think it’s because I’m not alone navigating this eerie world of signs and symbols and trying to follow the “rules” of life... but Jonny says it’s because these superstitions are hilarious and make no sense.
Since the Part I was published, I kept coming up with the additional superstitions in my everyday life. Sooo... back by the popular demand: Russian Superstitions Part “Dva”. Enjoy!
Contrary to what the title may suggest, the Mass Games have nothing to do with actual games or a competition. It is a highly synchronized performance of thousands of athletes and dancers who in a beautiful 70-minute show tell a story of love, war, separation, reunification and friendship.
There is no lack of street food in Beijing, but this particular snack street is famous for its unconventional menu and really convenient location - a five-minute walk from the Forbidden City and only two steps away from the pedestrian Wangfujing street.
The scariest thing that I made myself eat was a silk worm. What would you try?
Kim Il Sung had a special relationship with children. Or at least all the propaganda tells us that he did. He believed children were the future and deserved only the best. So he built them a palace - a Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang - where they could nurture their talents in various after-school activities.
The children we saw there were extremely talented! They danced, sang, played musical instruments, and recited poems. We all were very impressed. But at the same time there was something else about these kids that left us feeling uncomfortable and uneasy. I wonder if you can guess what it was by looking at the pictures and videos I have here.
Five years ago I had no idea that regular travelers are allowed in North Korea. I thought the visas were given only to selected few, so I never bothered researching further. Turns out, getting to North Korea is quite easy although expensive. Here's what you need to know.