• Inspiration

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Arc de Triomphe: game of wind and light

    I knew we had to visit Paris and see L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped by  Christo and Jeanne-Claude when I first heard about the art project in 2019. Financed entirely with the artists’ personal funds, the 60-year-old dream finally comes true in September and lasts 16 days. It’s wrapped in 25, 000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric. Dressed up in silver, during these two weeks the Arc de Triomphe sparks controversy. The online opinions of the masses are powerful: a garbage bag, a piece of sheet, useless, ugly, schizophrenic, meaningless, damaging to the environment, only snobs like it… But also ingenious, exciting, beautiful, and one of a kind. Christo himself…

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    Birthday picnic

    The idea for a picnic came last minute. I didn’t have any grand plans in my head to celebrate my birthday this year – a pandemic, a few postponed trips, and other surprises thought me to slow down and not have many expectations. I decided to have a simple yet exciting and delicious picnic celebration, therefore I made some arrangements, prepared the menu, and looked forward with anticipation. For my last year’s birthday, I made a meringue cake (Pavlova). This time I challenged myself with a crème brûlée mille crêpe cake. Reality is different from tempting food images in culinary blog posts, thus there wasn’t any photographic evidence of this…

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    Spanish – un amor nuevo?

    I have an affinity for languages and Spanish has been on my list for a long time. While I lived in New York I acquired some basic Spanish skills and could understand simple conversations. Spanish is the easiest language I’ve studied and the most memorable one. It matches my temperament, sounds pretty, and, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful languages. Even though I started learning it as a hobby, it’s not all about the beauty and passion of this language. It was challenging to ask for the check in a restaurant during a visit to a Spanish-speaking country (Google translate wasn’t that advanced a few years back).…

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