Xmas/Hanukkah/New Year – are we confused by the choice?

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in History, Polemic | 0 comments

Does it make sense when somebody wishes you Happy New Year and Merry Xmas? Of course it does! Does it make sense when somebody wishes you ONLY Happy New Year and nothing else? In Russia, or in the ex-USSR, it does. Since 1917, Bolsheviks had a hard time re-writing the culture and traditions.They could not eliminate Christmas altogether, therefore they created New Year (two in one) – New Year with Christmas traditions, without baby Jesus and...

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Alghero/Sardinia – The Belly Button of the world

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Travel | 0 comments

Alghero We flew to Alghero from NYC in August 2003 and left behind the biggest and fattest Jewish wedding celebrations, which warranted the biggest and strictest 100 years of dieting. We also left behind the biggest blackout in NYC, one of the biggest in history. We flew red eye to Heathrow, then to Rome. From Rome, the small flying device looking more like a dragon-fly, than a serious flying device carried us to Alghero, in Sardinia. I...

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Leningrad/Petrograd/St Petersburg – the choice is yours

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in History, Polemic, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth, and virtually any building in the large historic center, threaded with canals dotted with baroque bridges, can be considered an attraction—and indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a magical city, with a long list of major attractions. Its Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, is both one of the world’s greatest and oldest...

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To Fathom The Shopping Habits

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

Life offers to us the chores and also little things we enjoy. Shopping is one of those little things. It is up to us to make it a chore, a source of anxiety or of a marital discord. But…there are circumstances, when this little joy could be killed by the background noise of the relationships and “its complicated”☺ matters. I would only try make an attempt to generalise what I know, the cultures I am familiar with. Generalisation assumes a bias...

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Fashion | 0 comments

When we first visited Korean Fashion Week in Seoul in 2009, the experience was similar to Taipei Fashion week of 2014, with the only exception that Seoul is a major hub city in the world, and Taipei is more provincial and quaint. We were met by the interpreter in Hotel Rivera, which is pronounced by Koreans as Ribera, to do with [b] and [v] sounds mixed in Korean language. It was an OK hotel, but predominantly Korean speaking, which did make...

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