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Make your dreams a reality

Fifteen years ago, I went to Moscow from a Siberian city called Irkutsk. Grey, unfriendly Moscow met me with a cold and piercing wind that threw a handful of snow right in my face. It was a city of dirty snowdrifts, giant billboards, and flashing neon casino and nightclub signs.Impressive luxury cars crawled through the traffic.

Are you distracted from your ‘oyster’ goal?

Irkutsk, Siberia, -40 degrees, January 1977  When people ask me why I decided to change my life drastically and emigrate, I answer, “I dreamt of trying oysters”. Bright, Sunday morning sun breaks through the window painted with frost curlicues. My mom cautiously wakes me up at 7 am. “Nina, our turn is coming, we should …

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the most fun ways to exercise and to see the beauty of the underwater world at the same time. Snorkeling itself improves overall strength and endurance, reduces stress, and burns about 300 calories an hour. It works out quads, hamstrings, calves, ankles, hip flexors, core, and shoulders. Snorkeling also increases our …

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