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Getting Russian Visa in Beijing

As always the website of the embassy is shit and the visa requirements page didn’t work for me when I needed it. Russia is a tricky country because regarding the visa they have sort of different policies in different countries and it’s pretty frustrating to go to the embassy just to find out you are missing some documents. It was pain in the ass to find any updated information for tourist visa so I decided to post this quick post.

My 30 days single entry tourist visa cost: 288RMB for 5 processing days + 15€ visa support.

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798 Art Zone aka Dashanzi Art District

What is avant-garde anymore?

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Finally, FINALLY, I actually went to 798 Art Zone instead of always thinking about going there. Unfortunately I choose Monday of all days, because I forgot what weekday it was and that this specific weekday is an universal holiday for museums and also galleries. A lot of places were closed but many still opened so I was able to get the gist of it. I guess I will be back, 1 day is not exactly enough, especially if you arrive there after 2pm. I did not check much background and did not read any gallery suggestions, neither did I buy a map of the place, so to make my first visit a random expedition into unknown (stumble upon style). Didn’t want to be biased towards anything either. Continue reading


Kids in Places Photo Collection

Part I/II

I got this idea while walking on the street and randomly snapping a pic of a Chinese kid. I think they look so damn cute in their puffy winter clothes. Jokingly I told my friend I am going to make a blog post about ‘Kids in Places’ but he actually said that it was a good idea. So here I am or rather, here they are! Click on the photo to see it full size!

Before you guys start thinking that I might be going baby crazy I want to tell you I am also going to post a collection of ‘Old Men in Places’ and ‘Animals in Places’.

All of the following photos were taken in PingYao city Shanxi province. Check out the Chinese babies fashion.

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Back in Beijing

Click here for a map of the trip

Last evening I came back to Beijing, which felt like a miracle. Many times during my 9 day trip I felt like I would never get back and for the rest of the times I didn’t want to go back until that one day when everything went wrong and all I wanted was to get back to Beijing. How do I feel now that I am back? Actually, I don’t know. I have one month left and coming back to work for only one month feels kind of useless. I didn’t have this feeling of coming back home for some reason or maybe because the last few days of the trip were so awesome I got a little ‘after trip’ depression. Continue reading