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Thursday, 16 July 2015


Some while ago when temperature in London hit "need to get out of here" level aka +29°C. It was time to pack up some stuff and head to beach. While going to Brighton on sunny saturday would be a suicide mission. The only place busier than Oxford Street before Christmas is Brighton on hot summer weekend. We opted to go bit further first and visit Seven Sisters Cliffs. 

It was perfectly relaxing and calm! England has so many cool beaches to offer once it gets sunny here! And, yes, still need to have that Cornwall road trip!

Alexa was coming with me as she was the only person ready to jump on this idea last minute.

In the photos Alexa Chen
Photos by Madara Freimane

Thursday, 2 July 2015


My "ultimate mission" while at Tatra mountains was to catch some great sunset. So I walked uphill, went 15 min off road, got lost ... a bit,  just to realise that sun sets behind mountains.

So this is all I got!

Photo by Madara Freimane

Tuesday, 30 June 2015


We begun our trip with a visit to Tatra mountains in Slovakia. Since we had three-year-old kid with us (a.k.a. my sister), who was ready to conquer mountains in theory and not so much in practice hahaha, I decided to kill two birds with one stone while here, therefore, I woke up really early in the morning to get in some proper climb before breakfast while everyone is asleep and then have a family time later during the day (When learning to do things slowmo. Not good at that, though!!)

The most fun thing about hiking uphill (well besides the VIEWS!!) is running fast speed downhill!

This was from my 4:30 am hike. Way too cool!!

This is my third time in Tatra. I was here before 2004 wind storm, right after it and now here again seeing how the forest is recovering. 

Photos by Madara Freimane

Monday, 15 June 2015


The real summer feel I can only get when coming home. It is different, it is that warm feeling from childhood when air smells like nature and you just keep taking deep breaths to hold onto that freshness. 

Photo by Madara Freimane

Friday, 29 May 2015


I am still a bit in denial about being back. We even bought watermelon this morning to remind us of the taste of Portugal but instead it sort of tasted like regret hahahaa! 
Anyways on that not so juicy note, here are a bit more of Lisbon. 

And Ance being little too serious for a second there because she was and is writing her dissertation! Ooops!

But still look at those patterns! Too cool! #okgrandma

BTW we also watched this super cool movie Night Train To Lisbon while there and walked the next day around trying to find all the places from the film. This movie and our 'Ultimate Tour Guide' sort of became our only source of Fake and not so fake History Lessons. Hahaha!!

In the photo Ance Rusova
Photos by Madara Freimane

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


The day 3 of our trip will probably go down in the history as the day I burned the left side of my body red. Hahahaa! OK, more like, ouch! But still kinda funny. And the rest of it should be regarded as the 'covering myself top to bottom' faze. 

However, the fact that I have finally gotten to the photo editing only means that I am back from Portugal. (I know... oh no!) But while already secretly plotting a way to go back here comes a sea of photos in a few small posts.  

In a nutshell the trip was f$%&ing AWESOME!!!! But it is hard to explain because, you know me, I just get overwhelmed, afraid to miss something out and stupidly excited. So was it enough long? No! Do I really really want to go back? Yes! 

But lets fast forward back to the beginning. We started our trip with Ance looking like CHICA LOOKING LIKE A PASTA - but see this photo and it all will make sense! Hahaha!

Once we arrived in Lisbon airport the first thing we wanted to try out was (fresh orange juice) riding on those moving baggage carousels. You know, just for the fun of it! And just because it felt like touching something that has a sign 'do not touch' on it. Hahahaa... only to find out that no one really cared besides us.

OK, with that said lets jump back to the day 3 when these photos were taken. We went to Belem which is a part of Lisbon for the pure purpose of getting Pastel de Belem or so called Nata cakes for Ance. We also went to this botanic garden that although was a bit on the shabby side was really beautiful, I even managed to run under a water sprinkler because +27 °C is a little hot for me. 

In the photo Ance Rusova
Photos by Madara Freimane