May 26, 2016

One Day in Sintra



I love big cities, but it’s a rather complex relationship. I need my alone time, too. Sorry, hustle and bustle, we aren’t meant to stay together for too long. Every city break I go on ends up with me on a getaway to the nearest pretty village. Or a castle. Or a pretty village with a castle. 



Sintra

May 12, 2016

Once upon a time in a cave village in Iran



Kandovan was my last stop in Iran before hopping on a bus to Armenia aka home, back to speedy internet connection, deadlines, technical translations, and coffee (if you like your caffeine, you better think of self-catering before you step on Iranian soil. Consider yourself warned).



Kandovan, Iran


May 03, 2016

Searching for Ancient Persia



I’m not sure where to start. The whole month of April passed without a single post on this blog. I went few weeks without even posting regular updates on The Picktures social media accounts. Not my style at all. And never a good sign.



Persepolis


March 12, 2016

One bobsleigh track that has been through a lot



Sarajevo’s bobsleigh track has seen a lot, that’s for sure. It is also pretty clear that a long time has passed since a bobsled ran down its graffiti covered walls. 



Sarajevo Bobsled



The track was built for Winter Olympic Games that took place in Sarajevo in 1984. Today it remains a strange monument to Bosnian capital's past. 

March 04, 2016

Visiting Khao Lak- Lam Ru National Park



My trip to Thailand last November was a gift. My plane ticket was a gift. Sunlight was one, too. And fresh seafood. I’m beyond grateful for it. 



Andaman Coast, Thailand



All that said, I kind of expected more of the Andaman Coast. I remember reading blog posts about Thai islands during my never-ending layover at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. According to travel blogosphere, paradise is a place in southern Thailand. Everyone seemed to fell in love with it in an instant. I was sure I would, too.