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Seven Lakes Hiking

Natalia Maks

I love traveling around the world, however I have to admit that I find a lot of joy in photographing places near by home, for instance Seven Lakes Park. We love to go there for a short hiking adventures. I have a series oh photographs which make pretty strong statements with quiet colors. I shorten the series for this blog, but was thinking of creating the nice meditational music background for the whole collection.

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more tales of train travel…..

Life in Russia.

Those of you who follow my blog regularly probably know by now that I am an avid fan of traveling by train when visiting Russia and other post-Soviet countries. I’m pretty comfortable on the train, as I traveled it a bit during the year I lived in Saint Petersburg, as well as my recent return visit and travels. I’ve been through the Baltic countries on the train, to the arctic circle and back (Murmansk), to Moscow, Kiev (Ukraine) and Bryansk, Russia. I’ve been kicked off a train in the middle of no-where Ukraine (politely) when I mistakenly purchased tickets that transited Belarus and I didn’t have a transit visa. I’ve experienced more stares at my American passport than I like to remember and had my ear talked off by people who want to know all about America and test my Russian. But then, these are some of my fondest memories…

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