Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

This week’s photo challenge is about Order. Now, order has never been an integral part of my life. It is not something I breathe or create by default. I try to find a system in anything I want to accomplish (because I noticed that things work better this way), and after many years of practicing it still does not come natural to me. Oh well, many people practice public speaking, decision taking and making friends. Order is my thing.

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The Souks of Tunis

This is why I admire order when I see it existing naturally (another reason would be aesthetics). And this is why I always lance a second glance at it: is it really natural? Is there anything that stands out from this even perfection? It warms my heart if I find it. To me, imperfection makes it human. Even more so, unique.

Just like these jewels at the Souks of Tunis: they all seemingly follow the same design, yet now and then there is a bead of unusual shape, a glimpse of color, a spark of creativity. An individuality.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

This week’s photo challenge is Heritage. To me, heritage is much about history and much about culture, – two things that growing up in St Petersburg, home of one of the world’s largest museums and a scene of many, well, interesting historical events, has deeply ingrained into my character. That made me put work aside for a moment and go through the pictures of my recent travels.

As you might have noticed, I like learning new things. A few weeks ago I discovered a new country for me – Tunisia. It’s capital, Tunis, has the world’s largest mosaics collection, Le Bardo. And that’s just breathtaking: hundreds and hundreds of square meters of history laid out in gorgeous rainbow colored tiles, floor to ceiling.

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Which museum have you recently discovered?

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Promise on Fairytales Delivered: Sintra and Cascais

Time to deliver on the expectations I set in my post on Lisbon. Portuguese capital is by all means gorgeous but the real enchantment is 30 minutes drive (or train ride) away.

I learnt about Sintra from the poster in Lisbon airport (so much for the trip preparation). Later our self-appointed guide slash Uber driver Joao suggested we go see it. He also kindly volunteered to drive us there. We took him on his offer the day after. It costed us 30 EUR one way, and in case you decide to do the same (i.e., go to Sintra by Uber), be sure to agree with your driver to come for you to take you back to Lisbon: clearly, there is no Uber service in Sintra (miracles end here). The advantage of this arrangement, apart from getting some life wisdom from our guide, was saving time and effort of going up the mountain. Life wisdom came handy as well: Joao showed us the shortest (and most picturesque) way down to the village.

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