Аптечка переселенца: что взять с собой в Европу и Азию

This article is dedicated to Russian medicines, which one can buy without a recepie only in Russia. As the application of such medicines requires good knowledge of the Russian language, there will be no translation of this article for your own safety.

Эта статья вдохновлена подругой, которая выходила замуж во Франции. Её жених отравился в свадебном путешествии, и поиск подходящих медикаментов превратился в ад. Русскоговорящие путешественники часто не учитывают, что сильнодействующие лекарства в большинстве стран ЕС можно купить только по рецепту. Причём сильнодействующий, в понятии европейцев, – любой медикамент, дающий больше, чем просто снятие симптомов.
Безусловно, самолечение – не альтернатива похода к врачу. Но есть ситуации, в которых к врачу попасть сложно. Например, если вы на кемпинге в Баварии. В крохотном домике вдали от цивилизации в Швейцарии. На рынке в Азии, где у вас резко прихватило живот.

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Bad, bad Russia: why is it difficult for Russians to accept homosexuality?

For my international readers: We usually don’t speak about this topic with foreigners, as we don’t expect people, who don’t know how life in Russia looks like, to understand our point of view. So please be nice in commenting, as this is a very difficult topic to talk about 😉

The reasons, why being gay is not widely accepted in Russia, are very complex.

During my international Master program, I spent the first semester in Barcelona. There I have seen a scene when two guys with long beards were lying on the grass and kissing each other – and I felt uncomfortable. Nevertheless, not because that was a homosexual couple, but because they have been kissing in public. I came from a very conservative country, we do not really appreciate that.

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Sneaky photographer – Grand Kremlin Palace

The topic “Sneaky photographer” will give some ideas on travels to places, which will not be on the first page of every travel guide. As long as possible, I will also add pictures from sights, where no pictures are usually allowed (but I am a SNEAKY photographer, you know, and I always switch off the lighting when making pictures of wood, gold and paintings!).

No worries, I am not going to turn my career blog into another travel blog – but I love to share what I see from time to time 😉

Many people don’t know that one can actually visit the Grand Kremlin Palace, situated in Kremlin itself, both the new part (where our emperors were sitting – now those rooms are used by our President for all official occasions) and the old part (where our Tsars lived and ruled).

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One-language career: where can you build an international career in English only?

For this article, I will concentrate my attention on such countries as China, Germany, Denmark, Spain and, yes, Russia. I work with many expats from different countries from  all levels and many industries, therefore I understand the consequences of coming to another country without knowing the local language. Can one come to a country with a 0 to A2 level of the local language and feel comfortable at work? In the everyday life? Let us have a look at it.

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Thought for the day

Just today I understood that more than 10 years later I came back to develop the region, which granted me my knowledge of the German language during a school exchange program when I was 15…I did not even think about moving to another country at that point..

We all pay the price – sometimes in a very unexpected way. I can only hope that I will be a good return on investment=))


До меня только сегодня дошло, что, спустя более 10 лет, я вернулась развивать регион Германии, в котором изучала немецкий язык по программе школьного обмена, когда мне было 15…Я тогда даже и не помышляла о переезде в другую страну..

За всё приходится платить – порой крайне неожиданным способом. Надеюсь, я сумею окупить вложенные в меня усилия=))

Let’s leave it all and travel the world? No, thanks!

Personally, I consider myself an expat. Many dictionaries explain the word “expat” as somebody who lives in a country different from the country he/she was born in. In my perception, an expat is a person who lived in different countries for a longer period of time (6 months+) and, in general, is able to live anywhere.

How does the life of an expat differ from the life of those guys from Instagram posting every week photos from new places and moving to new countries every month? This is the future perspectives. An expat plans to get married, get kids, build a house, have a wealthy life when he/she is old. You want and you can travel, but you also want to BUILD something, to be able to compare life in various countries and to choose a country for yourself. You may even decide to return to the country you were born in after many years – and you will not consider yourself a looser.

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One secret for your success everybody forgets to tell you

Try to look for “how to become successful” in Google. You will find a plenty of DO, DON’T, NEVER, ALWAYS… but you will not find what you really need.

I spent about 2 years attending 3 universities one after another: Economics was my breakfast, PR was my dinner and Languages became my supper. Somewhere in between I managed to take some short jobs to get my pocket money. Did it teach me a lot? Oh, yeah! Most importantly, it showcased all kinds of emotional, physical and intellectual burnouts one can imagine.

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