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Trip to Saint-Petersburg

Hello hello! Guys, you’re probably wondering why I haven’t posted for so long.Or you’re not… (I genuinely hope you didn’t notice my absence :D)

In my defense, I was on a vacation.Am I supposed to write a blog on vacation? This question popped up in my mind every time I got a notification from WP.

Now, a little bit about my trip.This year my mom and I decided not to leave our home country, that’s why our destination was Saint-Petersburg.Do you like this city or have you at least heard of it?

Here are some of the photos I took during our trip:

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The city of Saint-Petersburg is famous for its architecture, that’s why most of my photos show various buildings.

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The sea was too cold (as well as the weather) ! I was so frustrated at first, because our previous vacations mostly consisted of swimming.But, fortunately, in Saint-Pe there’re many other things to do apart from swimming in the sea.


During our stay, I made notes.I bought a notebook and started writing down everything that seemed unusual, weird or interesting.This is indeed a good idea! I’m so glad I managed to force myself to find time and write (instead of, for example, watching TV)

Here’s  the list of TOP-3 things I found unusual in SPb :

  1. A LOT of foreigners. I had no idea that people from other countries visit Russia! I’ve heard people speak Spanish, English, Italian and Chinese (or Japanese, I can’t tell the difference between these two). That’s so weird!
  2. People are too slow and relaxed.It seemed like everyone had nothing to do, and was slowly walking along the streets and enjoying the day.Even when it was raining, people didn’t speed up.We found that a bit annoying as it was difficult to make our way through that slow crowd.
  3. A lot of cafes, restaurants, pubs, etc. It was such a pleasant feature of the city! We used to have lunch in a cafe, and to our amazement, there was a huge number of cafes to choose from.

That’s it for now.Tell me about your best vacation in comments! I would love to read all of them!))

xxx

Dolly

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The Happiest Award

Guyssss, June is gone! What could be more frustrating? Why does the time pass so freaking fast in summer? It’s unfair!

Anyway, what have you accomplished in June? What did you do? Where’d you go? Share with me by leaving a comment and I’d be HAPPY to read your answers

Speaking of happiness, my blogger friend with a very cute nickname Busy Bee has nominated everyone to do The Happiest Award! I’m a happy and cheerful person so I couldn’t ignore this one 😉

Now, let’s go through the rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to her blog
  • Name the award creator and provide a link to her blog
  • Share the rules
  • Share the award logo
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 5-15 people
  • Share your favorite blog post (from your blog)
  • Notify the people that you have nominated that you have nominated them

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This award was created by Silvia from the Happiest Pixel 


Silvia’s questions:

This award is about happiness, so all the questions are related to it!

Why not talking about the things that make us happy? Can you tell us your favourite…

  • place: Somewhere abroad.If you want me to be more specific, ok – I’d love to visit Switzerland, it’s my dream destination))
  • film/tv show: The Vampire Diaries!!!! Guys, I literally cannot live without this TV show.
  • song:  I don’t like picking favorites, so ALL songs by Miley Cyrus
  • activity: Swimming (not professionally, in a pool,  but with a mask underwater!) This is so fascinating and captivating to observe and explore the underwater world and its inhabitants!)
  • drink: Kombucha! Haven’t you heard of it? It’s super tasty (tastes like soda) AND more importantly, it’s very good for health.I recommend you to try it some day
  • food: Uh.. That’s a tough one.I like different food, but I guess my favorite is croissants baked by my mom
  • holiday: The International Children’s Day  (1st of June) Why? Because it’s the very beginning of SUMMER, my fav season of the year.
  • book: Girl Online (1,2,3) I can be very choosy when it comes to books but this one won my heart from the very first page.

Name 3 things that make you happy…

1)My family.They always support me and are always there for me when I need them.I love them so much!! 😉

2)Nature. Like I told you before, in my previous posts – beautiful landscapes make me satisfied and calm

3)Music. Although I listen to music quite seldom, I’m sure it’s what changes and motivates me! I try to find calm songs or even melodies without words (my favorite is bagpipe) and they give me a lot of pleasure. While traveling by train or a bus for a long distance –  I can’t help staring at beautiful sceneries behind the window.If I turn on music in my earphones – oooh, let’s just say I lose control over myself… I can start crying and want to move to the wild jungle – or I can become very cheerful and want to do something fun – or I’m itching to donate money to a charity – IT ALL depends on the song and what I see behind the window

My favorite posts on my blog…


From hatred to love

Making friends

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My Nominees:

Just like Tabi Bee, I want to nominate everyone to do this award! Go ahead and share your favourites with the world! Don’t forget to notify me and I’ll be pleased to read your post!))


Thank you guys for reading my post.See you soon))

xxx

Dolly

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From hatred to love

Hello hello! Guys, how are you all doing? It’s the end of June, wow.Why is summer going fast and I literally can’t keep up with its pace! Hopefully, I’ll spend the 2 other months more effectively than this one.I definitely need to stop complaining and get to work.By ‘work’ I mean studies

Speaking of studying.In today’s post, I want to share a story about the change of my attitude to a school subject.History, to be exact.

History is considered to be one of the most difficult subjects to study, as it covers a huge period of time – thousands of years.Plus, every country has its own history, which makes it even more complicated.

History had always been my least favorite subject of all.I hated it so much I even used to skip some lessons just to avoid seeing our history teacher and listening to her.My friends knew that and they would always sarcastically joke that I was The Queen of History.All those dates and names of kings drove me nuts.My brain just didn’t want to accept the information that I was pushing into it.Eventually, I gave up.The comforting thought “Everyone has their strong and weak points” would pop up in my mind every time I was getting frustrated.

When we moved to another city, everything changed.My new teacher (Let’s call her Mrs.K.) was very different compared to my old one.She would always encourage me and tell me I was doing very well ( even when I wasn’t ).I decided to give history another try!

I started studying it in my free time, bought a new pretty notebook and wrote very carefully in it.I highlighted the headings and the most important dates and names.I tried so hard to win her praise again and again.Apart from reading the chapters she told us to read, I also read the next ones in order to impress her.I was slowly falling in love with this subject.

After a year of studying with Mr.K., I made a big decision – I’m going to take the history exam.We had only 1 year left to prepare for it.I knew I could fail – but instead of giving up and changing my aim I started working even harder.”Why?” – you may ask.Well, I considered it a challenge.A competition with myself.What could be more exciting? I wanted to find out whether The Hardworking Me could beat The Lazy Me.

And it did.

After a year of hard work, attending every single lesson and listening to every single word that came out of Mrs.K’s mouth – I WAS ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS THE EXAM!!

Considering the enormous gaps in my knowledge of history two years ago – I achieved unbelievable results.And I owe it all to Mrs.K. My attitude to this subject changed because of the motivation she was constantly giving me.No words can describe how grateful I am to her.


I really wish all teachers were more like her – then students would certainly study with more pleasure!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Has anything like this happened to you? What was your fav school subject? Share your experiences by leaving a comment!))

xxx

Dolly

 

 

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TOP-5 SuperPOWERS

Hello, everyone! Since I got little activity on my last post, I decided to come up with something more interesting and original.

Remember, as kids, we wished we could fly or become invisible? Boys wanted to be super fast like Spiderman, and girls – to be fairies and have beautiful wings! As for me, I wanted to be a mermaid and have an ability to become half fish.You have no idea how much I was obsessed with the TV show “H2O just add water”.H2O JAW S1 Once our house got connected to the Internet, I would always search google “Spells to become a mermaid” or “rituals to become a mermaid” or “how to grow a mermaid tail”.There were different ‘recipes’, and some people commented on them “Yay, I’ve become a mermaid, this recipe works!” – which made me believe that some of them actually work.I still believe that mermaids exist somewhere on this planet, but I’m definitely not willing to become one anymore!

 


So, I made a list of TOP-5 superpowers that I wish I had:

1.Ability to keep my hair untangled without combing it

Oh, this one I need SO SO MUCH! Something happened to my hair recently, and now I spend hours untangling and combing it.Literally, HOURS.I’m getting used to it though.. Sometimes I try to do it while watching or reading something so I don’t waste any time.But I cannot wear my hair loose, that’s so frustrating.Even when I make a braid – I wake up with tangled hair.

2.Ability not to need sleep 

We spend half of the twenty-four hours sleeping.Imagine how awesome it would be if we could spend this time on something else!

3.Ability to erase my memory

Everybody keeps in memory moments they’d rather erase for good.Awkward moments, arguments, depression, illnesses etc.It would be so convenient if we could erase them! This ability would also come in handy when we want to enjoy our favorite movie or a book once again not knowing what happens in the end.

4.Ability to take photos with my eyes

Remember when we observe a magnificent scenery and the camera or a phone makes it so dull and blurred? What we see with our own eyes is much better and clearer than what we see through the camera.So frustrating, right? This ability would let people make photos with their own eyes and keep it in their memory.Once they want to look at the photo – they’d just need to think about it – and here it is – right in front of their eyes!

5.Ability to teleport myself to a place in a picture

This ability would let people teleport themselves to a particular place by looking at it in the picture.So, we could travel the world just googling “Photos of Australia” – and instantly we’re there!


Tell me which of these superpowers would you like to have? Write a post in your blog sharing YOUR TOP-5 superpowers and don’t forget to drop me the link – I’ll be interested to read your ideas! By the way, does anybody remember that TV show “H2O just add water”? If yes, leave a comment!)

Thanks so much for reading my post! Until next time 😉

xxx

Dolly

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What I like about your blog

   Oftentimes, I see blogs with very good content, but something is missing..something that doesn’t let the blog be perfect.So I’ve made a list of things that I like in other people’s blogs.


      1.Calm colors

I think it’s super important to keep reader’s eyes relaxed and comfortable.Frankly, I don’t like blogs with WHITE background and don’t understand why the author chose white as the main color.We see that white background everywhere –  in books, news, articles on the internet – because it’s classic.But blog is something not so official, more personal – that’s why I prefer seeing dark pastel tones in blogs 

      2.Font

The font SIZE, to be exact.I’ve seen a few blogs with very small font size, and it really annoys me! How am I supposed to like what you write if I’m not able to read it??😁

     3.Necessary widgets

By ‘necessary widgets’ I mean menus.It’s always easier to navigate a blog if I see categories of posts (Health, cooking, awards etc) or archives.Ironically, I do not have any of them yet! Shame on me…😄I promise I’ll add them one day!

     4.Photos

Pictures and photos really attract me, as well as many other readers.They have to be eye-catching, making you want to open the post and read it.If you don’t know what picture to set as a featured image – just write the title of your post on a pastel background (a lot of apps have the function of writing on pictures, I personally use PicsArt) or choose a picture from Pinterest or Tumblr –  and voila – your picture is ready!


Don’t take these ‘rules’ very serious!😉 If I really like your content – I will still click the “follow” button, even if you have small font size or a lack of photos.The tips I’ve written make a blog perfect, from my point of view 😉

Thanks for reading my post! Tell me, what do YOU find attractive in a blog? What would you add to my list? Feel free to share by leaving a comment!

xxx

Dolly

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Travel tag ❤

Incredible BeaFree has nominated everyone for the Travel tag, and I just couldn’t turn down such an opportunity! Check out her blog, by the way! It is worth it))


Since my early childhood traveling has been something special for me.Other kids took it for granted, ’cause every family goes on a vacation in summer.But my attitude to it is rather different.Having fun, beach bumming and all the lazy stuff you can possibly do on a vacation is NOT what I travel for.I want to broaden my horizons, acquire some knowledge, and get to know our huge world.I never waste time when I’m abroad – my schedule is rather tight because I want to see as many sights as possible.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE THAT YOU HAVE VISITED?

I think it’s Turkey.I’ve been there twice, actually.You don’t need Visa when traveling there, which is a big advantage.But I loved it because of beautiful nature and picturesque sceneries!!))

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WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A CITY HOLIDAY OR A BEACH HOLIDAY?

Like I said, I’m not a fan of beach bumming, so definitely CITY HOLIDAY! Cafes, shops, sights, attractions, parks – all these things are situated in the city, not on the beach, right?

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MY TOP THREE HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS ARE:

  1. Phone – in case I want to take a photo or make a call
  2. Money
  3. Hat – because I don’t want to get a sun stroke

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ARE YOU AN OVER PACKER OR AN UNDER PACKER?

Definitely an over packer! I literally take all my clothes with me.All of them have equal rights to travel with me!

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT GOING ON HOLIDAYS?

Forgetting all the problems that I had back home and enjoying the moment!

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WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON HOLIDAYS WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS?

I’ve always traveled with my family, so I’d like to try doing it with friends.But, you know.. Sometimes I notice that I get tired of my friends (even the closest ones) having spent the whole day with them.What if it’s the same on a vacation? I never get tired of my family though, maybe that’s  because I’m used to them.

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WHO DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS TAG?

I encourage everyone to do this tag and share their experience! Leave a comment if you do so, and I’ll be happy to read it!

xxx

Dolly

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Things that give me pleasure…

Good afternoon, my friends! I haven’t posted in 2 DAYS, wow! But I have an excuse – my friend that lives in another city came to visit me (finally!!) and we spent the whole day together! I was so happy, because she’s my BFF and days spent with HER are the best)) I tossed and turned the previous night, because of being filled up with excitement!


In today’s post, I want to get to know my readers better. Tell me, what makes you happy? What cheers you up when you’re upset? What does your mood depend on? Share it with me in the comments!

As for me, here’s the list of things that give me a lot of pleasure:

Weather

My mood always depends on whether it’s sunny and warm outside, or not.I literally cannot live without the sun☀️ It fills me with energy, so I’m never being lazy when it’s sunny

  New clothes 

The thought of new clothes hanging in my wardrobe is so pleasant! I’m just itching to go outside wearing it so that everybody’s like “Woah, girl you look gorgeous!” (at least that’s what I hope passers-by think when they see me in my brand-new clothes😄) That’s weird, you know..Nothing changes in it as the time goes by, so the reaction of other people has to be the same.Instead, change the attitude towards this thing, I get used to it.After a couple of months or a year, I don’t find it as pretty as it was when I bought it.Anyway, enough philosophy here.Let’s move onto the next one😄

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Filters that make me pretty, to be exact.Warning – don’t remove the filter too suddenly – otherwise, you’ll see the difference between your real face and the enhanced one, and probably be disappointed😥

  Music

Since I adore dancing, when I hear music I can’t help but start making small movements! Even now, when I’m writing this post, there’s music playing in another room. But since there are too many people sitting next to me, I’m trying to suppress the desire to go and hit the dance floor😂 It’s a torture, really!

Expectations 

When there’s an upcoming event that I’m looking forward to (for instance, a trip or a party), the thought of it fills me with warmth and happiness! I imagine how awesome it’s gonna be, how much fun I will have etc. There always should be a day in future that you make a countdown to))

Beautiful sceneries

Who doesn’t like observing picturesque landscapes? Especially, places that haven’t been touched by humans.The great force of nature is so captivating, flawless and so jaw-droppingly beautiful – that sometimes my eyes fill up with tears.Tears of joy.I stare at it in awe, unable to move or speak.This is an example of such a scenery.(The quality is bad because I took this photo from my phone)

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Thanks for reading my post! Looking forward to your comments!

xxx

Dolly