The Weather’s gift

I asked the Nature for a little gift for us by the day we will have set off for our Thailand trip. And she bestowed us with this kind of weather. It’s freezing cold and snowing outside. Winter came back to the city. It will make a tremendous contrast between here and there. We’ll take off in the middle of the winter around and land in the tropical paradise.

The world is a mirror.

The world is just a mirror. It reflects that you think about it. If you think that the worlds is happy place where you can get everything easy then the world will be such place. But if you think that the world is unhappy and tough and only ones who were born lucky enough will live happily and wealthily then you doomed to be a loser.

Your attitude to the world surrounding you is the real matter. Change your attitude from negative to positive and you’ll be surprised how the world will change itself according your attitude.

Checklist: motorbike rental

There is just a little memo for me for tomorrow.

The actions you need to do when you rent a motorbike:

  1. Choose a motorbike by its engine capacity. You don’t need 125 cm2 or more. 50-90  cm2 will be enough.
  2. Ask the staff to show you how to insert the key, how to start the bike, how to open the trunk, how to pull out the stand and so on.
  3. Repeat every action mentioned in the paragraph before by yourself. Ask for help if anything isn’t clear or you didn’t manage to do it by yourself.
  4. Take a few photos of the motorbike, particularly take close-ups of all the cracks and scratches.
  5. Get on the bike and try the brakes gently while you are moving the bike forth and back with your legs.
  6. Start the engine and try to feel the throttle handle. Turn it gently and wait until the engine gains its frequency of rotation. Add a little more, feel the thrust.

Motorbike in Thailand, worth it or not?

Our trip to Thailand is drawing nearer and nearer. We must be prepared for the eventful day in the end of April. We are going to break out of the comfort zone. First of all we didn’t buy a tour from any travel agency. We did everything ourselves. We bought airplane tickets online, booked a hotel. Actually we booked a hotel for the first part of the trip only. Then we are going to move to another hotel for a change.  Don’t now what particular hotel it will be, we must decide as soon as possible. Honestly speaking, I hate to choose things like hotels. Since there is no certain ideal hotel that suits best for us. Every hotel has its advantages and disadvantages. They all good in different ways. More you hang around on the hotel websites, more you know, more your expectations become, more your disappointment will be when your high expectations will not meet the reality. So the right way is that you should feel the right choice by your heart. And don’t forget to use your head alongside your heart…

One more insane thing we are going to do is to rent a motorbike. I have been dreaming of it since I was in Thailand for the first time in 2014. Then we had a chance in Sri-Lanka in the fall of 2016 – yet we had few days thus we preferred to enjoy sun and ocean on the beach. I’m afraid for a number of reasons.

  1. I’ve got neither the A-class driver licence that allows me to ride a motorbike nor the international driver licence. Deal with paying fines…
  2. I’ve got little experience driving cars here as a whole.
  3. They drive on the left side of the road there and we drive on the right side in Russia. No big deal, really. I practiced left-side driving on Cyprus last February.
  4. The traffic is mad there. And almost everyone drives like a blondie. That fears me most. I ought to keep distance forward and at the sides, not to drive so fast. I ought to perform any manoeuvres carefully and extremely predictively.

So, for confidence I made up my make to take a couple of scooter lessons. I found a teacher on the Internet, arranged an appointment. We met under the bridge on the autodrome. It’s such a terrifying place. There are road all around crowded with roaring cars. Very noisy. The kingdom of concrete, metal and asphalt. Anyway my teacher was late so I struck up a conversation with another student while I was waiting. In the end he showed up riding his motorcycle. His name’s Dmitry. Cool man and awesome teacher. Indeed he is aware both driving rules and physics. We discussed lots of theory. It wasn’t just idle talk, I have learned tons of useful pieces of advice and hints. His manner of teaching is built around asking questions. That’s great as it makes you think compared with just listening and yawning. I had a theory exam by the way.

The lesson is supposed to last for exactly 1 hour. So I was afraid to miss a chance to practice on the real scooter. But my anxieties wore off. The lesson’s duration added up to 2 hours. I say you what. It’s not that easy to manage with a scooter. It has nothing to do with a bicycle even with an electrical bicycle. The scooter is much heavier. You sit on it in the absolutely different posture. I have learnt how to control the throttle stick and the brakes. During my first ride I felt unsteady. The scooter was wagging as I was trying to keep the balance.

Finally I realised that I had crucially needed those lessons. I don’t know that I would have done there without that experience and knowledge. Obviously I’ll take 2-3 more lessons as soon as I get back to Moscow.

I have firmly decided that we will rent a motorbike in Thailand as I don’t want that all will pass in vain.

That’s all for now. Good luck!

Walk in the morning

It’s pretty helpful to get up early and have a walk in the morning.

How the story started? I looked into my refrigerator today and it way empty. The grocery store next to my place would have opened at 9.30. So I decided to go to the Rechnoi Vokzal metro station and have a breakfast there. To be sure, the mall opens at 10 o’clock, I had to wait until because I wasn’t willing to go to McDonald that morning. It’s was quite rainy outdoors. Fortunately there is a visor on the hood of my jacked (I didn’t know it before). Thus I hung around there in the bus stop, went over the drugstore and all. Then I went to the mall, the third floor where the foodcourt is. There is a cafe with a funny name Mu-Mu (they have a cow as their mascot). I have a lunch there usually, but it’s was time for a breakfast. So I took two eggs, fried potatoes and a sausage, a big cup of cappuccino and Berlin’s cookie. All that stuff costed quite cheap. That’s why I love having breakfast not in home. It’s cheap, tasty, you can eat everything you want without being concerned about calories, because when you leave, you go for a walk and you can walk five or even ten kilometers easily. I do that way so. After having a online conversation with my friends then my mother, I hit the road way home on my feet.

Frankly, I don’t like to have a walk in the weekends. Moscow is too crowded. No business lunches, and cinema tickets are expensive. Well, actually, I’m going to do some work today, and housework too. Sort of vacuum cleaning and laundry. Work helps me not to feel lonesome…

Notre Dame de Paris

I remember we used to be fans of Notre Dame de Paris musical. Oh my God, it was almost 20 years ago. So long ago! It occurred to me I could watch it again. Maybe live version? Huh? You tell me that the actors are not the same. It’s apparently true. I feel overwhelming urge to buy tickets, fly to Paris and watch it, though. Could we even dream to do that in our childhood? I don’t think so. It’s not to expensive, after all. Certainly you should also book a hotel, and eat something there… But the show is worth it… You know, shell out a little.

While I am writing this the original music is playing in background. So beautiful! So emotional! French sounds so melodic… I really like the musical! See ya!

English starting from this day

As you may know my personal blog have been hacked. I’ve lost all my photos (luckily I have copies on the other sites). The theme is set to default and all. I might feel sore about it though. But also it’s a sign (perhaps from above) to change something. Sort of drastic changes. I’ve decided to run the blog in English further. I’m not a good English writer, but I really enjoy studying the English language. It’s my chance to practice in writing, even though nobody read those messages, it doesn’t matter. I read books now in English, it certainly helps to memorise collocations, expressions and sentences I’ve recently read. Moreover it helps me to adjust my mind to the way of English thinking, to keep my internal monologue flow in English. I really enjoy it to tell you the truth. As a matter of fact I feel sometimes that it’s closer to me and my personality to think in English but it still seems to be difficult as if I were a child with poor vocabulary. By the way, hooray! I’ve just written all this text having looked just a couple of times to the dictionary. It’s full of mistakes, I know. «The person who never made a mistake never tried anything new» (it’s a quote of the wiseman).