Hello, dear stranger!
My name is Liza and I’m doing tonnes of different things (writing, photography, design of various nature, travelling, and much much more). I used to write a travel blog of my own and one as a commission for Conde Nast Traveller Russia about 8 years ago, but, I guess, it was not the right time. And at some point, I just stopped.
I wanted to get back to writing and sharing my experiences many many times, but again: the timing was not right. But it is NOW. I’m back to my favourite thing in the world and my intentions are beyond serious :)
I was born in Moscow (back in the USSR then), being half-Russian and half-Ukrainian. In 2013 I graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Master’s degree in Journalism. My last few years in Uni were spent mostly abroad. I fell in love with Western Europe, I was away from home pretty much all the time. So I decided I had to move for good. At the time the easiest way was to get into Uni and I did so. In 2013 I moved to Berlin to study Photography. I loved the city and I, probably, would have stayed there because Germany was welcoming students who got a degree in the country. I could have easily looked for work or even start my own business.
But life happened: I went to Edinburgh for a week during my thesis writing, and for the first time in my life I experienced the so-called Stendhal Syndrome: I was absolutely overwhelmed with the beauty of the city! I had been to many countries, I fell in love with many places, but Edinburgh made me say loudly for the first time after moving to Berlin ‘I could live here!’
It was just a thought, more like a dream. But the same evening I went to a bar next to the hostel where I stayed and met my future husband. We got married 9 months after, just a year after my first visit to Edinburgh I moved there. During our rather short distance relationship, I have learned a lot. And when it came to the wedding, visa applications, moving, etc. I learned even more. I discovered that, once again, I was dealing with very much not standard situations. There were no answers to my questions online. Google did not know what to do if you are a non-EU getting married to a Brit and are applying for a visa from an EU country where you live on your student visa. Or how to move a flat from Germany to Britain on a reasonable budget. Etc. I was collecting bits and pieces, slowly and carefully, writing them down to create those missing articles. I really know how to deal with not standard situations.
It’s impossible. But doable, – as Sean Connery’s character said in ‘Entrapment’ :)
So, here I am: I’m starting this new blog to share with you my personal experiences on travelling, immigration, art making, and god knows what else :) I have a lot to say and I do hope I will have some very useful information for those who search for it.
If you want to stay up to date and never miss a new post, follow me on Instagram! I will be posting there every day, adding some information that doesn’t get here, announcing new blog posts and generally being very active with the very unique content!